I cant remember if I asked this bfore but I have 4 plants that were sprayed for 6 days in veg and then flipped to 11/13 for flower and now on day 10 of flower there are lots of male sacs showing. Do I continue to spray silver or stop now that it has changed over?
I always said “I will never use silver and make feminized seeds”. But now I see a need for them. I love to breed top of the line genetics when they can be found and I love to pheno hunt. But when I find one I really like like the Acid Rain pheno I made that is super frosty and has a killer high, I want to make some feminized seed off of it that will all be very similar with no guessing if I have a female or not.
I am just learning the feminizing technique and in the future will only feminize the “special” plants I find. I have a few really nice F1’s I made right now and when the F2’s are ready then the real fun will begin. I am keeping clones and pollen available to back cross the “special” F2 phenos we find and then maybe it will really be time to use the feminized approach.
The first 4 plants, 2 NL#5/Haze F6 adn 2 Matanuska Thunders, look like they should drop pollen any time now. Later I an going to take a pic of each clone, 1 sprayed and its mate not sprayed. It is pretty amazing.
I took tweezers and grabbed about 20 pods this morning to see how it would go. I never pulled just pods before. I was pleased with the results but will probably continue to collect from plant when it starts dropping heavily. I am going to pull Matanuska #1 from the tent later and pollinate more of the branch I dusted yesterday.
Collecting pollen from these is a bit different from collecting from a true male. I am finding that the pods are so packed and tightly formed in the plant it is difficult to collect dropping pollen. I have had luck picking flowers and tapping on the glass to get pollen out and by manipulating with my fingers over glass but then a lot of not ready flowers are also falling off.
I will definitely collect enough pollen eventually but it sure is a lot more time consuming.
After flowering times are started you can usually see flowers in a week or so. Most of my plants will show flower(sex) at around 4 weeks. Once the males start to show pods I usually can collect pollen in 2-3 weeks tops. All variieties can differ by +/- a few days.
If you have a seedling you can flip to flower after a week or so if you want. However the size will be smaller the earlier you flip. For these with silver spray I knew they were females. Once I knew I started spraying with silver for a week in veg and then after flipping I sprayed for 2 weeks. I saw pods after a week in flower and am collecting pollen now at 3 weeks after flip.