Plants are known to have varying combinations of gender systems based on its biological heritage. It may be difficult for you to determine whether your seed is female or male, since these characteristics generally only show when they begin to flower. However, there have been methods created to accurately make this determination. These methods are often employed by growers because, in certain plants, one sex may be considered more valuable than the other.
Know the differences in the two methods and decide on one. Understand the risks of force flowering a seed. Because this task would require germination of the seeds, it would render the seeds unusable. Natural growth, on the other hand, will take some time.
Plant the seeds in a greenhouse if force flowering. Set the lights to 12 hours of daytime and 12 hours of darkness. Use a powerful fertilizer to speed up the growing process.
Plant your seeds anywhere and allow them to grow naturally if you prefer not to force flower.
Look for a stamen when the plant begins to grow, regardless of your method. A stamen is a long stalk considered to be the male reproductive organ.
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