How far into flower should the female be to pollenated?
If you start males and fems into flower at the same time, the male will put out pollen long before any substantial buds form.. this will give you less, but generally larger and mostly ripe seed. Once pollination takes affect the plant stops making buds for the most part (indoors anyways) and unless it's a long flowering sativa, won't make much additional bud.
For the above reason I like to stagger my males, and put them into flower 2 weeks after the females.. Which roughly equates to pollination in the 3-4 wk of flower, depending on the males speed dropping pollen.. I find this gives me much more seeds overall, but slightly smaller (maybe 10%ish), and more immature seed at the end.. also, more smokable bud.
You can also pollinate preflowers on veg plants if you jus want a few seeds..
But if u have pollen ready, and are looking for seed production, i'd suggest pollinating at about 3-4 wks, which will give them exactly enough time to ripen in the 9 wk window..
If you jus want a few seeds, then it doesn't really matter when you do it, jus as long as you have about 30-40 days left and some white pistils.
How long does a male take to give pollen?
About 1.5-2wks IME for indica and hybrids, but it differs depending on how mature/healthy he is going into flower, and the strain of course. Sativas likely take longer..
Does making healthy seeds have any special fert requirments?
Not really, i'd feed at about 3/4 strength to full strength.. I find fully seeded plants don't need quite as much nutes, but a lightly seeded one will take full strength.
How long after pollenation does it take the seed to be ready?
Some people say faster, and in hydro or great conditions i'm sure it is faster.. but about 35-40 days IME, but i like to give it as long as possible to try to get any stragglers to mature.. but the majority will be ready in 40 days.
Any post harvest drying out of the seed?
Ok, if i take the seed off the plant as soon as it's dry (7-10 days hanging), I then like to put them on a plate, or bowl, one layer thick, and jus keep them in a warmer dry area exposed to the air for about 5-7 days.. maybe 70-75 degrees max..
But, if u dry and then cure your bud, and harvest the seed as you smoke the bud, there's no need to dry them at all.
Any other tips?
that's about it.. it's pretty simple.. you'll find your own preferences as you do it.
Last edited by beancounter; 01-24-2007 at 09:47 AM..