My new strain, DNA Genetics, Reserva-privada, Strawberry banana, is proving to be prone to growing male organs. Some people call it a “hermie”. From 3 plants, at least two of them have grown pollen sacs. The 3rd was just recently put into 12 12 so we will see what happens. My buddy sling, had the same problem I do with these. He popped two fem seeds. One was a male, one was a female with male pollen sacks. We got our seeds at the same time, so probably from the same “batch” of seeds. My other buddy, greenthumb, is the one who turned me on to this strain. He had no problems with it and it was “off the hook” frosty. He got his about 10 months before I got mine, so his was probably from a different lot.
After 3 weeks in flower, I inspect my giant plant and find this:
So I pull the other plant that had only been in 12 12 for 10 days and find this. Even on this one, you can clearly see both male and female organs.
Now let me be clear about one thing. I am the first one to say that a true “Hermaphrodite” is very rare. As we all know, cannabis is a “diecious” plant. Meaning, there are male and female plants. In most cases, a plant will only grow male pollen sacks when it is stressed. It does this, in efforts to reproduce on it’s own. That doesn’t mean it is a “Hermaphrodite”. And it doesn’t mean it “Hermie-ed”. It simply means it grew male pollen sacks, in order to attempt to reproduce. I wrote an article on this here.
The stoner term “hermie-ed” is overused and abused, but for all intents and purposes, “hermie-ed” is accepted as a VERB, when a female plant grows pollen sacks. “Dude! My plant hermie-ed on me.” 9 times out of 10, it happens due to stress in the growing environment. And some plants are more prone to growing pollen sacks than others.
About a year ago, I attempted to purposely “hermie” a small purple dream, in hopes to get some pollen. Even with Colloidal silver I was unsuccessful. I messed with the light cycle, sprays with Colloidal silver daily, but was not able to get the Purple Dream to grow a pollen sack.
In the history of growing at least two dozen different strains, I’ve seen a pollen sack on a female, ONE TIME, on ONE plant. And this was back in the day when I first started growing. This is why I say, that in most cases, the problem is due to stressed plants.
I emailed DNA to let them know they have a problem with this batch of seeds. Their reply reply was that there was nothing they could do for me.
Here’s a video showing more:
So here is what I decided to do. After I found the pollen sacks, I sprayed down the entire plant with water to contain the pollen, then moved the plant into a 5×5 tent to finish out the flowering. I sprayed it with plain water again, a couple times a week. I found several more pollen sacks, but I was careful to spray them down frequently. I did NOT purposely try to pick off them all. I just sprayed them.
The plant is now finished, harvested, and guess what? I found NO seeds! So the pollen was either sterile, or I did a good job spraying them down. Unfortunately, the pheno produced SUPER airy, fluffy buds. So with that, the super tall plant, and the pollen sacks, we won’t be growing Reserva privada any longer. Some may say I didn’t give it a fair chance by only growing out three seeds. That may be true. But I’ve got a pretty bad taste in my mouth about the strain now, and I won’t waste any more time on the strain. It’s not even bag-able. I’ll make BHO out of it all.