28th Aug 2011 17 Comments »
What are autoflower hermies?
Hermaphrodite or “hermie” cannabis plant is a one sex plant that develops opposite sex flowers.
Autoflowering cannabis growers usually come across hermaphrodites that are females and show some male flowers but the opposite can also happen and a male plant can show female flowers. When a male autoflower plant shows female flowers it is usually called the “backward” hermaphrodite and they are seen far less often because growers usually grow females and exterminate the males. This phenomena of one sex auto cannabis plants turning hermie can be explained in two ways:
1) Genetic hermaphrodites- these plants are genetically programmed to be hermies and they will do that in any conditions.
2) Stress induced hermaphrodites- these are plants that are pure females/males and are stressed in some way to produce other sex flowers. Most typical ways to induce other sex flowers on autoflowering cannabis plant is to stress the plants by changing the light cycle rapidly, fluctuate the PH of the water and soil, introduce temperature shock by increasing and lowering the temperature and introducing chemicals like “gibberellic Acid”,” Colloidal Silver” that encourages the plant to change sex.