Q&A with Jorge
I am an inexperienced grower. Now I have seeds and I’m ready to plant. Someone told me to plant only females. Should I do this and how can I tell male seeds from female seeds?
When somebody tells you to plant only female seeds, they are probably referring to “feminized” seeds. Henk, owner of Dutch Passion Seeds popularized “feminized” seeds in the late 1990s. Feminized means that the chances of 10 seeds growing into all female plants is better than 98 percent. This is of course, providing the seedlings do not suffer stress such as an inconsistent photoperiod (relation between light and dark periods) or inconsistent high and low temperatures, etc. Such feminized seeds are about twice as expensive as regular seeds which sprout about 50 percent male and 50 percent female plants. To the best of my knowledge there is no way to distinguish male from female seeds.