Cannabis False Seed Pods

I can't really find any good info on this question. Ive have it happen to me and I wasnt happy,like most noobs I thought it went hermie. my question is… Sinsemilla This is a very strong form of marijuana which, like skunk , contains high levels of ‘tetrahydrocannabinols’ (THC’s). These are responsible for a range of effects such as euphoria, The Cannabis Female Flower In the cannabis industry, the general terms—bud, cola, nug— are easy enough and universally accepted, but when discussing specific plant parts with botanical terms,

False Seed Pod Question

I can’t really find any good info on this question.
Ive have it happen to me and I wasnt happy,like most noobs I thought it went hermie.

my question is why does some plants show false seed pods and others plants grow to what I think is normal looking buds.
how to prevent?

any info on this subject would be great.

joepro
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fdd2blk
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potroast
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I think you might be talking about the calyx, which is the main part of the female flower. When ripe, the calyx will swell up, and look as if a seed is growing inside. That is actually a good indicator of bud ripeness.

joepro
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I understand its a false pregnantcy, or thats what ive read.
my question is why and how to prevent it.
thanks for any help

fdd2blk
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I understand its a false pregnantcy, or thats what ive read.
my question is why and how to prevent it.
thanks for any help

natmoon
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Its not actually a false seed pod per say.
Its an old term for a swollen calyx/pod that is so swollen that it appears to contain a seed but does not actually contain anything except resin.

Hers some text that probably explains it a lot better than i do and in more detail.

Female marijuana goes through several stages of flowering.
First a few flowers appear. Then new flowers develop around the
first ones. Flowers also form at each leaf node along the branches
and main stem. The buds start to fill out so that the cluster becomes
thick with pistils (the little antennae) reaching out for pollen. The
pistils are white, or sometimes shaded pink or lavender. They look
fresh and moist.
Some of the pistils begin to wither and turn red, purple, or
even a light brown. Just as the cluster looks like it’s finished, a new
wave of flower growth appears, usually concentrated in a relatively
bare spot. Successive waves of flowers may appear for weeks.
The flowers close, and the calyxes start to swell. This is a false
seed pod; the flowers have not been fertilized and no seed can
develop. These pods are totally covered with resin glands. At
maturity the glands should sparkle like individual jewels in bright
light. The individual glands should appear clear under magnifica-
tion. When the glands turn amber, the buds should be harvested.
No bud should be picked before its time. Plants and varieties
differ as to maturation pattern. Some plants mature all at once, so
that the whole plant can be picked. Other varieties mature from the
top down. One respected researcher claimed “”Most plants I’ve had
mature bottom to top. The main bud was the last to finish.” Under
lights, however, the top buds mature first most of the time. Next,
the buds nearest the top and so on. The buds on the outside of the
branch are likely to mature faster than inner buds. It may take a
month before the plant is totally picked. Picking the plant a little at
a time allows previously shaded portions of the plant to receive light
and grow.

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Sinsemilla

This is a very strong form of marijuana which, like skunk, contains high levels of ‘tetrahydrocannabinols’ (THC’s). These are responsible for a range of effects such as euphoria, talkativeness, increased sociability, hunger pangs (also known as ‘the munchies’) and hallucinations.

What is sinsemilla?

This refers to a female cannabis plant which does not have any seeds. This word can be split into two: ‘sin’ (without) and ‘semilla’ (seeds).

So, ‘sinsemilla’means ‘no seeds’.

If a female marijuana plant is not fertilised then it will produce large amounts of resin which was designed to trigger fertilisation. However, cannabis resin contains high levels of THC’s.

Female cannabis plants which have not been fertilised will contain ‘fake’seed pods with high percentages of THC’s which is the desired goal for some growers.

These pods contain ‘pistils’ –the seed bearing part of the plant which change colour during growth before withdrawing into the pods.

Once they have done so the plant is ready to be harvested.

So, if a female cannabis plant has not been fertilised by a male plant and is allowed to mature then it will not produce any seeds. If there is no sign of these throughout its growth then it is said to be a sinsemilla plant.

Sinsemilla plants have some of the highest levels of THC’s.

How is sinsemilla grown?

This is usually grown indoors, under greenhouse conditions, and using hydroponic techniques.

One reason for this is that it is relatively easy for a male cannabis plant to fertilise a female cannabis plant if grown outdoors. So, growing sinsemilla indoors reduces the risk of this happening.

A sinsemilla plant contains a high percentage of THC’s, often around 10% or more. This figure increases to 20, 25 or even 30% if grown using hydroponic techniques.

Using sinsemilla

This can be added to tobacco and smoked as a ‘spliff’ or smoked on its own. Another option is to smoke sinsemilla using a ‘bong’ (a water pipe).

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Effects of sinsemilla

This causes similar effects to those of skunk. People who smoke sinsemilla find that they experience a state of elation, heightened awareness of colour, sound and textures and an increased appetite.

The Cannabis Female Flower

In the cannabis industry, the general terms—bud, cola, nug— are easy enough and universally accepted, but when discussing specific plant parts with botanical terms, confusion reigns.

Foremost are the incorrect uses of calyx and pistil. Growers read or hear about swollen calyxes being a sign of maturity and an indication of readiness for harvesting. What are incorrectly called calyxes or false calyxes are correctly identified as bracts.

Cannabis female flowers do have calyx cells, but not a defined calyx. The female cannabis calyx cells are one part of the perianth, a nearly transparent, delicate tissue that partially encloses the ovule (prospective seed).

Each female flower has a single ovule, which is encapsulated by bracteoles and bracts. The bracts and bracteoles are small, modified leaves that enclose and protect the seed in what some growers refer to as the seed pod.

The bracts have the densest covering of capitate-stalked resin glands of any plant part, and it is within the heads of these resin glands that the plant synthesizes and holds the highest concentrations of cannabinoids and terpenes of any plant part. Bracts make up most of the substance and weight of high-quality marijuana buds.

By definition, a perianth consists of a corolla and a calyx. In more familiar showy flowers, the corolla is the brightly colored petals we generally appreciate when looking at flowers, and the calyx is the smaller green cup (sepals) holding the petals at the flower’s base.

Bright showy colors, large flower sizes, and enticing fragrances evolved to attract insects such as bees and flies, or animals such as birds and bats to collect and transfer pollen (unintentionally) to other flowers.

Cannabis flowers are not brightly colored, large, or enticingly fragrant (at least to most non-humans); marijuana plants are wind-pollinated with no need to attract insects or animals to carry the males’ pollen, hence these plant parts never evolved into significant, attractive, or showy parts.

Each female marijuana flower has two stigmas that protrude from a single ovule; they are “fuzzy” (hirsute), about ¼ to ½ inch long, usually white, but sometimes yellowish, or pink to red and, occasionally, lavender to purple.

Stigmas are the pollen catchers. Some writers identify stigmas as pistils, and this too is incorrect. The pistil is all of the reproductive female flower parts. The Cannabis pistil consists of two stigmas and an ovule (prospective seed). The term is misused in many books and seed catalogs that describe a single Cannabis flower as having two pistils.

If a flower is pollinated, the ovule becomes a single fruit, essentially a single seed, an achene. The perianth tightly clasps the seed and usually contains tannins, which give mature seeds their markings or spotted coat. Between a thumb and finger you can rub the perianth off of a seed.

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A well-pollinated typical bud develops from 50 to 150 seeds, a cola easily holds many hundreds, and even a small, but thoroughly pollinated female can bear thousands of seeds.

Cannabis has six kinds of trichomes: three are non-glandular and three are glandular and resin-bearing. Cystolith hairs are the most visible of the non-glandular as these needle-like “hairs” prominently cover all of the above-ground plant parts: stems, branches, leaves, petioles and flowers.

The other two non-glandular trichomes are visible with magnification. These smaller cystolith hairs with warty bumps and teardrop-shaped trichomes are found mainly on the underside of leaves. The larger cystolith hairs provide defense against insects and likely make the plant less palatable to animals. Cystolith hairs also reflect radiation, reduce water loss, and ameliorate near-surface temperatures.

Resin glands synthesize and hold the cannabinoids and terpenes and are of three types: bulbous, capitate-sessile, and capitate-stalked.

Bulbous glands are tiny, are present on the first leaves to form, and are found on stems, branches, leaves, and flowers. Although ubiquitous, their contribution to the overall cannabinoid concentration at harvest is insignificant.

Capitate-sessile gland heads are much larger, sit upon a short stalk, which makes them appear stalkless and hence, described as sessile. Capitate-sessile glands likely contribute to the overall cannabinoid concentration due to their larger size and presence on flowers, leaves and petioles.

Capitate-stalked glands are the largest, are the main source of cannabinoid accumulation, and are plainly visible on female flowers. While almost all cells in a cannabis plant are capable of producing minute amounts of cannabinoids, capitate-stalked glands contain at least 50% of the total cannabinoids in a plant. Since female flowers (buds) are the main smokeable product, and buds are the main locus of capitate-stalked glands, these glands are our main source of cannabinoids and terpenes.

Male plants also form all of these trichomes, and until flowering, concentrations of cannabinoids are similar in male and female plants. With the onset of flowering, female plants produce much more cannabinoids than males, primarily because of the concentration and size of capitate-stalked resin glands on female flowers and associated small leaves (bud leaves) that intersperse flower clusters.

Male flowers have capitate-stalked glands on their petal-like tepals, but these are much smaller than those on female flowers. The largest resin glands on male flowers, comparable in size to the largest gland heads on females, form a line on either side of anthers, the pollen bearing organs, popularly called “bananas.” Even so, one would need an enormous amount of male flowers to yield a usable amount of resin.