Weed pollen - Seedshop Apollyon - Rotterdam
The latest newest addition to our assortment is feminised weed pollen.By manipulating female plants they will exhibit male traits like the production of pollen.
These pollen, of these otherwise still female plants, will however only posses female chromosomes. Which means that if you use the pollen of these plants to fertilise other female plants, you can be sure all seeds hereby created will almost exclusively produce female plants (98% or more). A big advantage, since in the cultivation of cannabis you will nearly always want to work only with unfertilised, female plants, as these contain far more active ingredients like THC, CBD, other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids than their male counterparts.
With regular seed plants you will always end up with an approximately even number of male and female plants, which can only be identified after a given time period of growing and flowering.
By using feminised seeds, you will be saving a lot of time in advance.
Weed pollen – Creating your own unique strain – Will you be the one that finds that one, perfect plant?
Because this technique enables people to experiment themselves there are a potentially huge number of new crosses available in the near future, of which statistically a lot will not add much, except of course some variance in taste and effect, motivation enough in itself perhaps of course. But which can certainly increase the chance of the development of a specific plant producing a higher content of certain terpenes, flavonoids, CBD, THC or other cannabinoids. Experimenting with various crosses is also made very easy this way, without the need for growing of male plants or waiting on gender determination of these male weed plants.
By for example utilising the 'backcross'-method (or BX), it is possible to create a stable F1 hybrid of a specific plant quite quickly. Will you be the creator of the latest, newest favourite popular strain or create that one unique plant with the perfect characteristics for you?
Weed pollen – Pollen – How does it work?
The pollen are delivered in special packaging which will ensure the pollen will keep. Always leave the pollen in this original packaging to the very last possible moment and keep this in the fridge or in the freezer compartment (freezing recommended when not used almost immediately upon receipt).
Let them warm to room temperature only minutes before using them. Always take into account that humidity is the biggest worry in the proper storage of the pollen! Applying the pollen can best be done by using a light, soft watercolor paint brush (included), with which you can 'paint' the plants or buds with pollen (as seen here by Ed Rosenthal for example : https://youtu.be/ohcBCn5nBXk ).
Try to make sure all pistils (white hairs) are covered in pollen or seeds will not form in all the places they could. If providing for your own seeds needs is your only goal, you might choose to only pollinate 1 plant or 1 bud (cola).
To avoid unwanted cross pollination we do recommend to isolate this plant or bud while pollinating it and for a further 4 days afterwards from the other plants. By that time the used pollen will be 'glued' to the pistils and the chances of further unwanted cross pollination will have become neglible. For partial pollination outdoors we recommend to cover the pollinated plants or buds with something like a paper bag for 48 hours to avoid cross pollination.
When to apply – Best time to pollinate
The best results are obtained by pollinating the plants at around 3 and a half to weeks 4 and a half weeks in their vegetative period, after which the seeds will be fully ripened another 3 to 5 weeks of blooming period later.
When the seeds are still green and too soft, they are not ready yet and would have an unacceptably low germination rate.
After harvesting – How to process your seeds
As soon as the seeds are no longer green and soft you can harvest the pollinated plant or bud for drying.
After 1 to 2 weeks of drying your seed bearing plant or bud at about room temperature or slightly lower, you can then separate the seeds from the bud. Dry the seeds for a further 3 to 4 weeks in a cardboard or wooden box to ensure they will be sufficiently dry. If harvested, dried and stored correctly in a dry, cool and dark place you will be able to preserve your seeds for at least 5 years.
Instructions from manufacturer :
- Keep it in the fridge or freezer
- Before using it, bring up to room temperature during 10-15 minutes
- Best window to pollinate your plants is between 24-32 hours into the flowering stage
- You can use the bottle or the paintbrush to 'paint' your feminized pollen on your favorite developing bud sites you want to pollinate. Make sure you're touching all the female pistils/hairs with the pollen!
- Only the buds that come into contact with pollen, will produce seeds
- After pollination, put the pollen back into the fridge/freezer until the next use
- After the plant has been pollinated, the seeds will begin to form in about 5 days and it lasts between 3-5 weeks in total to complete development
- When the seeds are ripe, let the pollinated flower dry and after 7-12 days collect the seeds from the flower and store them in a wooden or cardboard box for another 3-4 weeks to make sure that the seeds have completely dried. The temperature should be between 1-22 degrees Celsius. The seeds must be stored in a dry, dark and cool place and can be stored for up to 5 years.