Why Is Feminization Important?
Feminization is a crucial part of the high CBD hemp seed production process. This is because a fix of male and female seeds can lead to your hemp crop being pollinated, which causes THC levels to surpass the federally legal level of .3%.
How Are Feminized Seeds Produced?
Feminized seeds are produced by first planting hemp seeds. All males are destroyed, and then part of the females of moved to an isolated chamber.
From there, the isolated females are stressed by either chemical or organic processes. The stress causes female plants to become hermaphrodites, and they begin producing pollen.
This female produced pollen is then used to pollinate the rest of the female plants outside of isolation, causing them to produce feminized seeds.
Is there such a thing as 100% feminization?
No. This is crucial to understand. If a company markets their seeds as 100% feminized, this is a red flag. Properly feminized seeds produce a crop up to 99% female, but the possibility of feminized seeds producing a male plant does exist.
For this reason, your hemp crop needs constant monitoring as they mature. When the gener of your plants are able to be identified, all males should be culled immediately.