The male parts will grow in the internodes, where the stems shoot off from branches. These can easily be confused for calyxes though, which are an ordinary part of a female plant.
If you look over your buds, and find something that resembles a banana, it needs to be treated quickly. But in most cases, it is already too late, and your crop has been pollinated.
When the flowers first start to form on a cannabis plant, it will be relatively easy to spot the sex. Female flowers will grow white hairs, known as pistils, whilst the male plants will grow bunches of small pods.
Another cause of hermaphrodite cannabis plants is harsh environments, that the plant can not handle well. If a cannabis plant feels that it will complete its life cycle without being pollinated, it may hermie.
You have to be able to recognise bananas on a cannabis plant, they will appear late into the flowering cycle, and if not caught, they will fill your whole crop full of seeds.
Hermaphrodite cannabis plants will start to show female and male reproductive parts, anytime during the flowering cycle.
If you think you have a hermaphrodite cannabis plant, you should get a second opinion from our, cannabis growers forum before you kill the plant, just to be sure
There are a few differences that will help you distinguish if what you’re seeing is a calyx, or a male flower.
If possible, take all of the plants out of the grow room, turn off the lights, and step inside. Wait for a few minutes in the dark of the grow room, and let your eyes adjust to the darkness.
Concerned you have Hermaphrodite Cannabis Plants? This guide will help you determine if your plants have hermied, and what you can do if they have!
However on a single 10″ branch, I can see little ball formations (shown in the second plant). They look like male pollen sacs. Could this mean my plant’s a hermaphrodite? This is my first grow in a grow tent. The plant is under a 600w MH grow light. The growing medium is soil (Fox Farms Ocean Forest soil) and my nutrients are the Fox Farms Nutrient Trio for soil.
These are two pictures of a single flowering plant that’s been in the flowering stage for about 2.5 weeks. She is showing beautiful white hairs / pistils up top.
The safest option is the pull the plant completely. This will ensure that no pollen sacs do any accidental pollenation.
Also, will she continue forming buds or is it a male plant at this point? Also, this plant is being grown in a grow tent with another female. Should I keep this one around or butcher it now to prevent from pollenating the other (apparently healthy) female plant?
Answer: Yes, this plant is a hermie / hermaphrodite.
If you pull all the balls (plus keep an eye out for new ones), then you’ll probably be able to make it to harvest with unseeded buds. If you miss even a single pollen sac and the buds grow seeds, then just know that seeded buds are usually normal potency, but you will get much lower yields. This is why many growers pull down hermies on sight.
If you do keep her to harvest and she does produce seeds, I highly recommend against trying to grow these hermie seeds, as it’s very likely they’ll have the same problems as their mother.
One of the biggest worries with a hermie (plant with both female and male parts) is that the pollen sacs will burst and pollenate your flowers. This will “seed” your buds. In other words, this will causes your buds to start focusing on producing seeds.
Question: This plant is growing both male and female parts. Is it a hermie? What do I do? Can I pluck the balls and grow her to harvest?
Is my plant a hermie? She’s growing flowers, but also balls…. Can I still harvest her buds? Question: This plant is growing both male and female parts. Is it a hermie? What do I do? Can I pluck