Identify Male and Female Cannabis Plants

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Identifying female and male plants is fun, and an important skill for any cannabis cultivator. We have provided photos here to help you identify the differences between male and female cannabis flowers. Male and Female plants have distinct differences that are easy to discern once a grower knows the identifying features of each. Female plants grow “white hairs” from nodes where branches intersect the main stem of the plant. Male plants grow “green pods” from the nodes where branches intersect the main stem of the plant.

*Important note: There is a phase where you cannot tell if a plant is male or female. When the plants are in the earliest stages of showing whether they are female or male, they produce a small green growth at the point where a branch and the main stem connect. Usually waiting a few more days to a few more weeks will reveal whether they are female or male.

Many people choose to remove male plants from their garden, unless they specifically want their female plants to create seeds.

Male Cannabis Plant

Male Cannabis Plant
This is a male plant, grown by Equilibrium Genetics. Can you spot the “green pods”? The strain pictured here is TK M-10. Notice the complete lack of “white hairs”.

Female Cannabis Plant

Female Cannabis Plant
This is a female plant, grown by Equilibrium Genetics. Can you spot the “white hairs”? The strain pictured here is TK M-10.
Cookie Glue - Day 48
This is a female plant, grown by @OkieMedGrow918. Can you spot the “white hairs”? The strain pictured here is Cookie Glue.

More Information

For more information on identifying male and female cannabis plants, you can visit wikiHow.

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