Question Can anyone tell if these 2 plants are male or female

Stomper1963

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I think my plants are suffering from growth stress they seem to be much smaller than others that I see in pics. These 3 are roughly 5 weeks old grown mostly under LED lighting but have been exposing them to sunlight when possible. I have researched that you should be able to tell sex as early as 3 weeks. I have looked closely at the area where the stem and leaves form but they all look like more leaves growing. See pics which are 3 plants. There are also brown residue in the middle with a slight odor of skunk. Any thoughts would be much appreciated.
 

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Stomper1963

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It's just not revealing yet. Give them some time. That purple on the top, must mean she's getting cold.
Ya you are right I thought it was still early for these to determine. I am so anxious for them to grow lol, I have become very much attached to them. I also have 3 feminized seeds that are still in their first small cups and have 2 or 3 weeks before moving them. Thank you for your reply, cheers.
 

droptopchevy

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Those are leaf nodes you see forming there, no sign of sex just yet. You can check my grow thread to see what my outdoor (greenhouse) look like at roughly 5-6 weeks.
 

Jason

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Here are some examples of some regulars that I'm sexing and what you'll be looking for. Very early on you see little balls that will form eventually in clusters on the males. Don't mistake the little nodes for males as they can look similar in the early stages. The female will have two distinct white hairs coming from those nodes. Here you'll see left to right. Girl, boy, boy boy. IMG1761-1758.

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Stomper1963

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Here are some examples of some regulars that I'm sexing and what you'll be looking for. Very early on you see little balls that will form eventually in clusters on the males. Don't mistake the little nodes for males as they can look similar in the early stages. The female will have two distinct white hairs coming from those nodes. Here you'll see left to right. Girl, boy, boy boy. IMG1761-1758.

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Hello thank you for this comparison. I do see the male vs female parts lol. How old and size are these plants. Some of my plants must be getting close now even more since I posted this to show their sex. The pics I took ended up being exactly what DropTop was saying, new leaf nodes. I will post some latest pics soon. I am looking carefully everyday at the 4 plants in question. The biggest is now 20" tall and the others are a couple weeks behind. I have 3 feminized plants now about 4 weeks plus a few days since germination. Thank you
 

Jason

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These plants were just starting to show about 10 days or so after switching to 12/12. Usually a couple weeks after the switch you should start to see something. The plants are probably about 6-8 weeks old in the photos. Different strains and different environments will respond differently. Growing outdoors will take a lot longer to show since the time change is so much more gradual and the days are still getting longer not shorter until Summer Solstice. Sexing seeds can get to be a pain in the ass, at least it has been for me. Regulars have their place but if you just want to grow smoke, Feminized photoperiod or autoflower strains are the way to go. I have a hard time killing off plants I've been raising and watching for several weeks plus they take up valuable real-estate in the grow room.
 

Stomper1963

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Here are some examples of some regulars that I'm sexing and what you'll be looking for. Very early on you see little balls that will form eventually in clusters on the males. Don't mistake the little nodes for males as they can look similar in the early stages. The female will have two distinct white hairs coming from those nodes. Here you'll see left to right. Girl, boy, boy boy. IMG1761-1758.

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Hello I have updated pics of 2 of my plants suspecting 1 is defenitly female and I think the other is male. I am watching 2 other plants that are in question but I don't think there are obvious signs. I want to get rid of the males as early as possible. I appreciate your thoughts on these if you can determine anything. The first 3 pics are the same plant just different angles and opposite side. I think this is male. The last 2 are what I think is female. Are the balls seeds or are they pollen sacs. How soon do the males release pollen once sex is starting to show. Thank you very much for any thoughts. Cheers
 

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Jason

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I think your right on track but I can not be 100% certain from the pics yet. I know it's difficult, but be patient and give them another week or two and it should be much more obvious. I just chopped down another male yesterday that was taking its time to show. It kinda sucks because I wasted a couple of months growing the handsome fellow only to hack it down. Fortunately, his lovely sister turned out being a girl. True males will not put out seeds, only pollen. Getting them down early is smart but don't sweat pollinating the girls since they will be very obviously male long before they produce and release pollen. Keep your eyes peeled for those little white hairs. It's very satisfying when they start to show.
 


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