Cut away decaying brown or black roots, leaving only the healthy white portions. Cut off top growth in proportion to the amount of roots you had to remove – the remaining roots won’t be able to service the entire plant. Also, sterilize the old container before reuse by soaking in nine parts water to one part household bleach for at least 10 minutes.
Rinse infected soil off the roots and repot in a new or sterilized container with fresh, dry soil. Some growers mix cinnamon into the soil as a gentle anti-fungicide. Water and drain well, and place the pot in a bright spot with suitable light. You may wish to add chamomile tea to the water: some consider it to be a natural weapon against fungal infections. Remember that the plant will need less water than before, since it has fewer roots. Hi, I’m Andrew, and Smart Garden Guide is my website all about indoor gardening and houseplants. I’m here to share my experience and help you have more success and enjoyment growing plants. Published : Oct 12, 2016 Categories : Strain information.
Hermaphrodite cannabis plants are not something you ever want to randomly find in your garden. Hermaphrodites are typically female plants who due to genetics or stress, form male sex organs. There are a number of causes but in the end, if a plant in your garden becomes a hermaphrodite, you could end up with a world of problems. The unintended consequences of environmental issues could end up littering your crop with seeds. As with the vast majority of lifeforms on this planet, cannabis plants fall into two genders, male and female. The beautiful sweet buds you smoke are the flowers of the female plant. Males are typically only used for breeding purposes. The flower of the male resembles a tiny bunch of bananas. The banana looking sacs contain the pollen that will go on to fertilize the female plants. After the pollen from the male reaches the pistil of the female, the fertilization process begins. Now if the breeding is done under carefully controlled circumstances in a sterile environment, the seeds you recover will grow into a hybrid of the two parent plants. This is the process by which all of the beautiful seeds you purchase are crafted. If you harvest your crop and find seeds yet had no male plants in the room, the reality is that at least one of your plants became hermaphroditic. In your cannabis garden, this is one of the biggest concerns that you want to avoid. If a grower keeps male plants on hand for breeding purposes, they keep them far from their flowering female plants and treat them with utmost care. To prevent the unwanted pollination of their females, strict contamination procedures are typically followed. Having a hermaphrodite plant in your garden poses the same problems that keeping a male around can cause. Hermaphrodite plants are not always the enemy however. For ninety-nine percent of us, they will be, but if you are a breeder, hermaphrodites can be your friend. Hermaphrodite plants are used to create feminized seeds. By crossing your females with a hermaphrodite with male pollen sacs, you increase the chances of the offspring being feminized up to 70%. Your cannabis plants can become hermaphroditic for a number of preventable reasons. If you happen to plant hermaphroditic seeds and didn't know it, there isn't much you can do about it. If on the other hand you find one or more female plants in your garden sprouting male sex organs, you probably had an environmental issue that you may or may not have been aware of. Your plants become hermaphroditic as a last ditch effort to survive by self-pollinating. For them to turn to this drastic measure, they must have encountered a level of stress that would indicate to them that their demise is near. This stress can come in a number of forms, however the single biggest environmental factor that leads to hermaphroditic plants is an interruption of the twelve hour light cycle.
If you have electrical problems or a bad ballast, you may inadvertently affect the light cycle enough to cause male sex organs to form on your otherwise beautiful plants. Interruption of the light cycle has to occur for more than just a few hours. Days of erratic light patterns or twenty-four hour light can trigger hermaphroditism and can ultimately return your plants to a vegetative state. As stress can come in a variety of forms, there are common mistakes growers make that can be avoided. Exposing your plants to excessive heat can to lead to adverse reactions including hermaphrodite development.
Broken branches, excessive pruning, and root damage can cause an adverse level of stress. Any of these stressors, as well as pests, phytotoxicity and fertilization problems can result in hermaphrodite plants in your garden.