How to tell a boy from a girl or gender I.D. in the garden.

Every household in Oregon may grow four cannabis plants. Let's all be careful to avoid the uncontrolled release of pollen. The cannabis plant comes in two flavors male and female, telling the difference is not difficult. The female makes the flowers that are so highly prized, the male makes pollen. The pollen can float on the wind and should any land on those little white or pink hairs (pistils) seeds will begin to form in the flowers.

Photos by Richard Reames  

This is a girl

This is a boy

This is a boy pretending to be a girl (look closly)

All too common, this trick may let a boy pass for a girl. If undiscovered in the garden, thousands of seeds are the result.   

This all too common trait may allow a boy to slip by and pollinate the girls. All the progeny of such a desaster will be able to preform the same trick.  


The best defense against errant males is to keep checking on the sex of your plants during the growing season.