Any strains low on freaks? See pic of male flower

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I've done Big Bud twice in the last year. Is there a strain that has less hermaphrodites? The present crop is at 45 days of flowering. See URL's at bottom of page for more pictures. Can't complain about BCSK. Great shipping and 100% germination of feminized seeds. But two hermaphrodites in the first crew of 9. I cut down both plants immediately. This project I noticed male flowers in early development on one of them. I cut off the stem this time because the plant was yielding heavily. And watched carefully for more male flowers. But they hid on me!! Look at the picture of the single male flower. I found three more hidden near the bottom underneath the small buds. I found a couple older ones that had shriveled and popped their pollen. All on bottom. I had to actually nudge these little buds to the side to see the male flowers. They were tucked so well. I don't know how I escaped, and I have bad memories about losing much larger rooms to seeding. Where every plant in the room got thoroughly fertilized. I took bud samples from all the plants and found nearly mature seeds in three of them. But somehow the bulk of buds seem to have no signs of fertilization or seed development. It's mainly the buds nearest the freak. I thought pollen explodes out like a bomb. Why didn't every bud in the room get fertilized? I don't know- I think maybe because my fan points upwards at a ceramic heater to keep it from overheating and shutting off. No fan directly on the plants. And the ventilation out take and intake are not near the freak. The freak is in the corner and The ventilation fans run at lower CFMs. I use inline booster fans for low noise. I wanted to show other growers just how insidiously these damned male flowers will hide on you. Besides changing breeds, I think I'll also get a big magnifying glass. I'm going to have to go to the old method of pulling each and every plant out of the room for examination. That's a pain because I use fishing line to position and support the buds. I want a more reliable strain when I buy seeds this year!!! There are going to be mature seeds in this batch, and they're going into the garbage.
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I've done Big Bud twice in the last year. Is there a strain that has less hermaphrodites? The present crop is at 45 days of flowering. See URL's at bottom of page for more pictures. Can't complain about BCSK. Great shipping and 100% germination of feminized seeds. But two hermaphrodites in the first crew of 9. I cut down both plants immediately. This project I noticed male flowers in early development on one of them. I cut off the stem this time because the plant was yielding heavily. And watched carefully for more male flowers. But they hid on me!! Look at the picture of the single male flower. I found three more hidden near the bottom underneath the small buds. I found a couple older ones that had shriveled and popped their pollen. All on bottom. I had to actually nudge these little buds to the side to see the male flowers. They were tucked so well. I don't know how I escaped, and I have bad memories about losing much larger rooms to seeding. Where every plant in the room got thoroughly fertilized. I took bud samples from all the plants and found nearly mature seeds in three of them. But somehow the bulk of buds seem to have no signs of fertilization or seed development. It's mainly the buds nearest the freak. I thought pollen explodes out like a bomb. Why didn't every bud in the room get fertilized? I don't know- I think maybe because my fan points upwards at a ceramic heater to keep it from overheating and shutting off. No fan directly on the plants. And the ventilation out take and intake are not near the freak. The freak is in the corner and The ventilation fans run at lower CFMs. I use inline booster fans for low noise. I wanted to show other growers just how insidiously these damned male flowers will hide on you. Besides changing breeds, I think I'll also get a big magnifying glass. I'm going to have to go to the old method of pulling each and every plant out of the room for examination. That's a pain because I use fishing line to position and support the buds. I want a more reliable strain when I buy seeds this year!!! There are going to be mature seeds in this batch, and they're going into the garbage.
http://imageshack.com/a/img903/2695/JWKMFd.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img903/8307/vY38cs.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img911/5739/pgLY01.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img633/759/yApnBt.jpg

ive tried maybe 40 varities over the years and never had a full blown hermy. now and then i get a few white or not fully developed seeds. seem to have little effect and pay little attention to them. wish i could help more. many smarts here that will help. good luck
 
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I have grown for decades and rarely get hermies. There are tons and tons of stable strains out there.

Hermies can be caused by a couple of different things. It is either genetic (using bagseed or "fem" seeds made by someone who doesn't know what they are doing) or it is caused by stress while flowering--usually disruption of the dark cycle or a combination of both. I would suggest that you scrub out your space and all your equipment well to remove any residual pollen. Then get another strain from a reputable source. There are tons and tons of strains out there that are far superior to Big Bud, IMO. Get something new from a reputable breeder/reseller and start over. Then make sure that your space is 100% totally absolutely completely dark during lights out. Never ever enter your space during lights out even for a second or two. Booster fans are not meant to be stand alone fans and do not do the job you are asking them to. Get a decent centrifuge type fan and a speed controller. If noise is a problem, build a box to contain the fan.
 

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:yeahthat: checkout "SINGLE SEED CENTRE". then select high thc strains category. also checkout breeder/manuf. category. people seem to like cali connection, many favs. i like most all of the high thc strains. great freebees also.
 

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Hate to see nanners. Only had them once and that was some bagseed I grew. I have grown Bagseed and not had any problems,,,but I would not ever take that chance again because good beans are pretty easy to come by now days.
 

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Femmed plants always have a better chance for "herming" than regular seeds. This better chance is due to the nature of the "femming" process which is forcing females to morph into males to breed with other females to get ALL female seeds. The better breeders use the best methods for femming and then take the time to stabilize the genetics of those femmed strains, but even that is not fool proof. But the lesser breeders often use lesser methods for femming which raises the chances of "herming" significantly. I mostly use femmed seeds and I have had a couple of issues occur but as I am a very small grower now, I am willing to risk it as it doesn't happen much. But I am also very selective about buying seeds.
 

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