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Flower

Last updated: April 30, 2019

What Does Flower Mean?

Flowers of the cannabis plant appear as either male flowers, which are large, bell-shaped clusters, or female flowers, which are tear-shaped with pistils.

The cannabis plant in its natural state is a dioecious or unisexual plant. On very rare occasions, a hermaphrodite cannabis plant can occur that contains both male and female flowers. The female flowers tend to be large and secrete ample cannabinoid and terpene-laced resin to attract pollinating insects. The male flowers of the cannabis plant produce very little cannabinoids and are not normally considered of value.

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Flowers of the cannabis plant that are not pollinated are typically referred to as the sinsemilla of the plant. The cannabis flower or bud of the female plant contain reddish-orange hairs, ample resin crystals that look like granulated sugar, and chunky knobs of plant fiber that enclose smaller leaves.

The cannabis plant produces flowers when it enters a specific light/dark phase which normally consists of 10 to 12 hours of uninterrupted darkness. Flower production usually lasts from seven to nine weeks. Sativa strains often have longer flowering strains.

When a female flower is denied male pollen, it continues to produce more and more cannabinoid and terpene-rich resin to attract insects for possible pollination.The abundant resin is why unpollinated female buds are the most coveted part of the cannabis plant.

Male cannabis plants are typically discarded so their flowers never have the chance to inadvertently pollinate the female flower.

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