Backyard Cannabis Farming 2019: Episode 8 - Final Topping, Leaf Removal, & Safely Sacrificing a Male Plant

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Today's episode is a major tear-jerker. I identified one of my biggest plants as a male, which if left in a garden will pollinate all of the female plants, causing them to create seeds which could be used for genetics if fully developed, or herm out (turn into hermaphrodites), which means many seeds (potentially underdeveloped) populating your eventual flowers.

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Besides the fact that seeds in cannabis are about the least desirable component that could potentially manifest (unless doing so purposely in a controlled environment), it also requires an enormous amount of energy for your plants to create those seeds, energy that would otherwise be utilized for flower development and overall plant growth. As a result, you will get smaller buds that are less potent, filled with seeds (less quality & quantity). That is why it is imperative that you remove a male plant from your garden the moment the gender is verified to be male, without hesitation.


The strain of sed removed male plant is called DMT Dream. Dangit male plant, your killing my dream!


I find it slightly ironic that I am also growing a strain called Vampire (also from seed), as it would seem that in order for those to survive, another plant needed to be sacrificed. The other DMT Dream is growing next to the two Vampires, so lets hope they don't have to sink their teeth into another one.

Gargantuan Vamps!

I also discuss/display our final plant leaf clean-up and toppings, and hopefully am able to clone the Vampire tops I took. I replaced the sacrafied DMT Dream with a Blue City Diesel I was growing in a 5 gallon bucket. Hopefully the pest issues the BCD was having earlier in the season will not re-manifest late in the year.

Here is the series so far:

Episode 1: Planning Your Grow

Episode 2: Transplanting Cannabis, Organic Pest Control, Strain Varieties

Episode 3: Preparing Your Grow Space, Treating Burnt Plants

Episode 4: Optimal Organic Soil Formula, Creating a Raised In-Ground Bed, Protective Fencing - Minimizing Energy Consumption & Repurposing Materials

Episode 5: Transplanting into Final Grow Space, Topping Plants, & Finishing Animal Fencing

Episode 6: Applying Proper Feedings with Organic Nutrients

Episode 7: Feeding After Topping, Storm Damage, Selective Leaf Removal, & Caging

Please enjoy episode 8 of this year's Backyard Cannabis Farming series. Hopefully we all acquire wisdom for growing cannabis effectively and organically together.

From July 16th 2019

Top NO LATER than July 20-23rd in the NW

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Did you know that male cannabis plants can actually be beneficial to your vegetable garden?! Male cannabis plants can spread terpenes to your vegetables adding a spice of variety to your food, and adds an extra layer of protection against pests and disease. Male cannabis is a great companion plant for many species, you just have to make sure to plant them far away from any female cannabis you are growing, preferably with a hillside and/or thick treeline separating them.. For more info, visit this awesome website I discovered.

Bless & Blaze Up Bredren


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Hey this is great info(!)... as I am growing my veggies in containers... I´ll remember this in my next growing season. Thanks a lot, I have learned something new again.


I find that constantly learning from other grower's methods and advise is everyone's best weapon for having great grows. Always the student, always the teacher. There is always something new we can learn from and teach to everyone else.

Oh. I learned something new today. I didn't know that the males could be beneficial to regular old gardens.


Yup. I will also be growing tons of fennel next year next to my boxes/pots to attract more ladybugs to my preexisting swarms. I am about to release more this evening as well after I treat my plants with lime sulfer... i just discovered I have aphids in my garden - just in the nick of time too before flowers start developing.

Excellent tutorial post 👍
Great work


Thank you buddy, I have some aphid battling ahead of me now, which will likely be the focus of episode 9.

This is such a great post about growing and trimming, I must have learnt few things. Nice one