Question: This plant is growing both male and female parts. Is it a hermie? What do I do? Can I pluck the balls and grow her to harvest?
These are two pictures of a single flowering plant that's been in the flowering stage for about 2.5 weeks. She is showing beautiful white hairs / pistils up top.
However on a single 10" branch, I can see little ball formations (shown in the second plant). They look like male pollen sacs. Could this mean my plant's a hermaphrodite? This is my first grow in a grow tent. The plant is under a 600w MH grow light. The growing medium is soil (Fox Farms Ocean Forest soil) and my nutrients are the Fox Farms Nutrient Trio for soil.
The balls are only growing on the one branch. If she is a hermi, is there a way to amputate the bad branch to protect the rest of the plant?
Also, will she continue forming buds or is it a male plant at this point? Also, this plant is being grown in a grow tent with another female. Should I keep this one around or butcher it now to prevent from pollenating the other (apparently healthy) female plant?
Answer: Yes, this plant is a hermie / hermaphrodite.
One of the biggest worries with a hermie (plant with both female and male parts) is that the pollen sacs will burst and pollenate your flowers. This will "seed" your buds. In other words, this will causes your buds to start focusing on producing seeds.
If you do keep her to harvest and she does produce seeds, I highly recommend against trying to grow these hermie seeds, as it's very likely they'll have the same problems as their mother.
The safest option is the pull the plant completely. This will ensure that no pollen sacs do any accidental pollenation.
If you pull all the balls (plus keep an eye out for new ones), then you'll probably be able to make it to harvest with unseeded buds. If you miss even a single pollen sac and the buds grow seeds, then just know that seeded buds are usually normal potency, but you will get much lower yields. This is why many growers pull down hermies on sight.
Yet if you've only got a couple of plants, and you're willing to be vigilent while looking for new balls, then it's definitely possible to pull all the balls and let the rest of the buds continue developing.
Sometimes a plant will produce just a couple of these pollen sacs, you pull them off, and that's it. However, if the plant is constantly popping up new balls, or yellow hermie bananas (nanners), then you're probably better off cutting your losses and just pulling down the plant to protect your other one.