Feminized Hemp Seed is a hot buzzword. But does it really merit being used or just making your hemp go hotter?
Since 2018, feminized hemp seeds the hemp industry has grown steadily.According to a recent Facts & Factors report, the U.S. hemp market will be worth $36 billion by 2026. It will also grow at an annual rate 34% between 2019 and 2026.
Both seed companies and growers have been searching for the next great genetics to increase farmers’ ROI.The term feminized hemp seeds, which is a new term, was born from this search.
What exactly is feminized hemp? And does the term make any sense in this industry?
Creating an Female Population
Feminized hemp seeds produce only female plants.Mike Scheffel, the managing director of policy & standards at the Canadian Seed Growers Association (CSGA), says it is important to step back to see how this can happen.
He says that hemp is a naturally dioecious crop, which means it produces separate male and female plants.“A standard cannabis variety or hemp variety will yield approximately 50% female plants, and 50% male plants.”
This means that the female plants will produce female flowers and the pollen of the male plants will fertilize them to make seed for the next generation.To produce a male-only plant, however, you must first produce a masculinized plant.