Why Are There Little Green Seeds In My Cannabis Buds?
Getting seeds in your cannabis crop is difficult for any grower to see.
You’ve put in weeks of care and consideration for your cannabis garden only to find out that you have seeds or little banana-shaped flowers coming out of your bud.
For the beginner grower, this could mean a little bit of a panic. However, keeping a cool head and investigating the reasons why your cannabis buds are developing seeds could potentially mitigate any disastrous crop loss.
Green seeds in your cannabis buds are a signal that something is wrong with your plant. Common causes include hermaphroditism, poor genetics, or underlying disease.
If the seeds are localized you could try and get rid of the area but if it’s throughout the plant then culling is best.
If the seeds are brown and spotted that means they are viable but if they are green that means they are underdeveloped seeds.
If you try to grow plants from seeds that are a result of hermaphroditism you will more than likely have the same issue with the new seeds. It is always best to use feminized seeds for growing.
What causes seeds to appear in cannabis buds?
Most growers will blame themselves if they see seeds growing in their cannabis buds when in fact, it could be happening for a few reasons.
There are a few things you can troubleshoot to get to the root of the cause.
The most common cause of seeds in your cannabis plants would be hermaphroditism. The only other cause of seeds in your garden is if you had a male plant hidden amongst the females and caused them all to be pollinated.
Once you understand that the causes of seeds in your plant can be that limited it becomes really easy to diagnose.
If you’ve eliminated the possibility of males in your crop then we can start to look at what would cause your plant to become hermaphroditic.
- Environmental stresses such as too much heat and thermal issues from feeding with unusually cold water.
- Physical issues like broken branches or root exposure that are hard to heal.
- Harvesting your crop too late often will show yellow banana-like flowers called “nanners”.
- Irrigation issues mean either too little or too much water.
- Abrupt changes to the photoperiod.
- The shock from pests, disease, or pesticide use.
As you can probably tell, avoiding the development of seeds falls right in line with the control you have over your environment in the grow room.
You can see why growers will blame themselves before anything else, as the causes of seeds in cannabis are generally caused by undoing stress.
One thing you’ll want to remember is not to plant seeds from a cannabis hermaphrodite. The generics within the seed will more than likely cause the new plants to have the same issue.
It’s always best to start over when it comes to genetics if your strains are prone to this condition.
Keep your plants healthy and balanced
In the end, seeing seeds in your cannabis buds is a sign that your plant is not happy or healthy.
If the seeds are isolated then sometimes you might be able to salvage the plant by eliminating the seedy bud but more than likely once you’ve seen seeds the damage to the garden is done.
Be sure to remove any or all of the plants so that the remainder of your crop doesn’t get affected.
Is it bad to find seeds in your weed?
What does it mean to find seeds in your marijuana buds? Is it something to be worried about?
There’s a seed in my cannabis bud! What does this mean? Is it good or bad?
Sometimes you don’t see the seeds until they fall out of your buds
What causes seeds in buds?
Seedy buds are the result of pollination. What does that mean? Cannabis buds are flowers. Like other flowers, they make seeds when pollinated. Cannabis buds get pollinated when they come into contact with cannabis pollen while the buds are forming.
Seeds happen when pollen gets on the hairs (pistils) of buds as they’re forming. In other words, seeds in weed are caused by pollination.
This bud is full of fat seeds because pollen got on the pistils during bud development.
Pollen typically comes from the pollen sacs of a male cannabis plant. Male plants spray pollen everywhere when their flowers are mature. Sometimes female cannabis plants will produce pollen (known as herming) due to genetics or stress. Any source of pollen, whether the plant is male or female, can pollinate buds in the vicinity and cause seedy buds.
If you’ve found seeds in your buds, it happened while the plant was growing. Either the grower didn’t identify and remove all the male plants before they released pollen, or a herm was involved that self-pollinated or pollinated other buds in the grow area.
Does it mean the weed is bad?
Seeds in your buds aren’t good or bad. They are simply the result of pollination while the buds were growing. A few seeds here and there won’t make much difference in potency, though potency may be lower if the buds are very seedy.
The main problem with seedy weed is that you are getting less smokeable bud for the amount of total mass there. If buds are seedless, you get more bang for your buck. Seedless buds are known as “sinsemilla” (“sin semilla” is Spanish for “without seeds”) and are considered to be the highest quality and most potent type of weed.
Seedy weed is fine to smoke, though you should remove the seeds if possible (they have no THC and will pop if you smoke them). Unless there are tons of seeds, bud potency is unlikely to be affected.
Are “found” seeds good to grow?
I’ve seen some growers get impressive results with bagseed (seeds you find), but results may be hit or miss. Plants can grow in odd ways and the yields or quality may not be as expected.
The biggest problem is that seeds often don’t “breed true” to the buds that they came from. The resulting buds may end up nothing like the buds you found them in.
That is why many growers either stick to clones (which are exactly the same as the “mother” plant) or purchase seeds of a stabilized strain from a trustworthy breeder. This ensures each of the plants will grow the way you expect, and buds more consistently have the smell, yield and potency you expect.
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How can I tell if it’s a viable seed?
Mature cannabis seeds are typically dark brown or tan (the brown is a coating that can be rubbed off), and relatively hard. Very pale or white seeds usually won’t sprout.
However, I have been surprised to find some very flimsy or pale seeds sprout and produce amazing plants (we aren’t breeding cannabis for hard seeds after all). When in doubt, I highly recommend doing the true test to see if the seed is viable – try to germinate the seed and see if it sprouts !
The best way to tell if a seed is viable is simply to try germinating it
These seeds have germinated
These are all viable cannabis seeds. Every one grew into a healthy plant!
Tiny seeds in cannabis
This is something I’ve wondered about for a long time. I’m sure anyone reading this has encountered this at some point. Tiny tiny tiny undeveloped seeds in your bud, micro seeds. At least that’s what I call them, although I’d rather them not actually be seeds.
Sometimes, you grind up your herb, dump it out, and you’ve the smallest little pre seed like things among the flower. Question is are they seeds, or just basically the plants “ovaries”? I’ve heard both. Some strains have these more than others. If you break open the calyx of almost any bud, you will find a small little what would grow to be a seed if pollinated. Sometimes you can see them more if they’re dark and the flower light colored. Usually don’t notice them. And some bud has bigger ones than others.
I’ve read where female plants can turn hermaphrodite and produce seeds w out pollination. And where they get pollinated a lil bit late and the grower harvests to save the crop. But I’ve never known for sure.
Hoping a grower will see this that can shed some light on this. It’s really only a concern when you notice them post grind.
stress can turn a female into a hermie it is possible that they have been stressed while flowering. It is hard to say without seeing do you have pictures because sometimes it can be a a really dense tiny not fully devolped bud
1. if everthing is bad and the plant has a lot of stress. heat,water. the female can turn into male.
2. some breeders say dont do clones from feminized seeds cause microseeds can happen.
normaly if it is stress you´ll get big seeds. so i think this could be the feminized problem.