Sick of purchasing your own weed? We feel you. Growing can be a great way to save (or make) money if you’re a regular cannabis user. It’s especially helpful if you have the ability to produce your own weed seeds. Once you get the hang of it, it’s not difficult to keep a cycle going. Of course, you’re going to have to find the right seed for your liking, but after that, it’s all smooth sailing. So without further ado, here’s how to harvest your own weed seeds.
Pollinating The Female Plants
Typically when growing weed, you want to keep the male and female plants away from each other. This is to avoid unwanted pollination. However, in this case, you’re going to actually want pollination in order to produce your desired seeds.
Obviously, there are pros and cons when pollinating the female marijuana plant. The main pro, is, well, the seeds. The main negative is that pollination of a female plant affects the quality of the bud and overall taste.
Method A: Pollinating The Whole Plant
There are a couple ways you can pollinate the female plant. The simplest way is by simply moving your male plant into the same room as your female plant. When they’re together, you should give the male plant a few shakes in order to move through the air and pollinate the female.
After a couple days, you can then relocate the female plant back to an ideal growing environment, in order for it to produce some seeds.
The only problem with this method is that you’re essentially mortgaging good bud for seeds, since you’re pollinating the entire female plant. If you are in the market for a sh*t ton of seeds, then it’s fair game. But if you’re just trying to get a couple of seeds AND grow some dank bud, then you’re probably going to want to try the second method.
Method B: Pollinating Individual Branches
The second method consists of pollinating select branches of the female plant, as opposed to the entire thing. This way will give you a lot less seeds, but it’s the perfect medium for growing some good buds and a few seeds.
In this method, you’re going to have to prepare both the male and female plants to breed. For the male plant, clip some of the more robust flowers and place them into a paper bag. Typically, wine bags work best because they are longer and can also hold the female branch. The male clippings should be around four to six inches long.
For the female plant, prune the lower leaves of the desired branch you would like to pollinate. The female branch should also have some pretty nice looking flowers.
Now, place the paper bag with all the male plant clippings over the female branch, and tie the end of the bag around the branch. This can be done with either tape, string or zip-ties.
Now, just shake the bag a few times, and wait a couple hours for the fertilization process to run it’s course.
Note: To ensure you don’t pollinate any unwanted branches, make sure there’s no wind in the room. Turn off any fans, and shut the window to make sure the pollen doesn’t spread to branches you wanted for producing good buds.
Now, for the actual seed harvest.
After the pollination process is complete, you can expect to see mature seeds anytime between four to six weeks later. To make sure the seeds are ripe, grab one off of the plant and squeeze it. If it breaks, then the seeds will need more time to ripen.
You can also typically see if a seed is right depending on its color and patterns.
If it’s no longer lighter in color and completely solid, it should be good to go. Ripe seeds are usually a dark brown. Also, a lot of seeds tend to garner stripes when they are ripe, which is another tell-tale sign it’s ready to be harvested. However, not all strains have striped seeds, so make sure you use the other indicators as well.
But if everything checks out, then you’re free to start rooting around for all the seeds the plant may have created.
Final Hit: How To Harvest Your Own Weed Seeds
Harvesting your own seeds, albeit a somewhat extensive process, isn’t nearly as difficult as one might think. While there are other methods to extract pollen from the male plant, this is perhaps the easiest for novice home-growers. If you are looking to simply acquire as many seeds as possible, go ahead and pollinate the whole dang thing. If you’re looking for the best of both worlds and want some dank bud and a couple seeds, use the paper bag pollination method. Either way, that’s how to harvest your own weed seeds.