Fun Facts

5.) Some Buds Make “Fox Tails”

Bud with little foxtailing – common with Indica-based strains
(buds are rounded out, sometimes one foxtail visible near the top)

This Critical Hog bud grew in a classic cannabis shape, often associated with Indica strains

Massive foxtailing can be a genetic trait, and certain strains will tend to produce foxtails all over their buds no matter what. This seems to happen most commonly with Haze and Sativa-based strains.

This way that buds can grow is named after “foxtails” because the buds tend to grow in a rounded shape with the fluffy hair-like pistils coming from the end.

Example of healthy foxtailing based on genetics
(notice how there are foxtails all over the bud, instead of just at the top)

Marijuana buds making healthy foxtails based on genetics

Huge thick cannabis flowers - natural foxtails due to the genetics

However, massive foxtailing is often the result of heat or stress . You know that’s likely the case when the foxtailing seems to be happening mostly in the parts of the plant that are close to a heat or light source.

When a single foxtail keeps growing longer and longer , it is almost always a sign of some sort of major stress to the buds, most often heat.

This massively long foxtail was caused by heat
(it’s basically a very long and thin bud, and will likely never fill out)

This massively long foxtail was caused by too much heat

Here’s another foxtail that was triggered by too much heat

Cannabis foxtail caused by too much heat in the grow tent

The following bud erupted with foxtails after a heatwave
(the plant also suffered from nutrient stress, which can trigger foxtailing on its own)

This cola shows several new unhealthy foxtails which were triggered to start growing because of too high temps

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7.) Cannabis Seeds Can Carry “Twins”

Twin tap roots can sometimes emerge from one cannabis seed. This is sort of like your seed having twins, because each new root has the potential to form into a separate plant!

When this seedling sprouted, it had two taproots coming from the same seed

This cannabis seed germinated with two tap roots - "twins"

When the leaves appeared, there were two distinct seedlings – you can see another tiny set of leaves behind the main sprout

Twin seedlings - two sets of cannabis cotyledons (first round leaves) coming out of one seed

In this case, I decided to kill the smaller sprout, but you can also gently and carefully separate the two seedlings and transplant one into a new home.

Example of "twin" cannabis plants (two seedlings from just one marijuana seed)

If you grow two seedlings together in one container, one plant will usually end up being a lot smaller than the other one. But if you give each plant their own home, they can both thrive!

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8.) Leaves with Strange Number of “Fingers”

It’s normal for cannabis leaves to have a different number of fingers.

First, let’s go over what’s normal

For an adult cannabis plant, the most common number of fingers is 7. Here are a few examples of 7-fingered leaves.

7 Finger Leaves
(7 points is common for adult plants)

An example of a 7-finger cannabis leaf (most common type of leaf for adult cannabis plants)

Cannabis leaf with 7 fingers or points - most common type of leaf on adult plants

Cannabis leaves start smaller though, with fewer fingers. Here’s what leaves generally look like from seedling to adult.

Seedling
Two round cotyledon leaves, then two “real” (serrated) single-finger cannabis leaves

A cannabis seedling growing its first few sets of leaves

Next, the single-finger leaves expand, and the next set is usually 3-finger leaves

Seedling on one side showing single-finger leaves, and left side shows the next set with 3 fingers per leaf

Next, the cannabis plant will start making 5-finger leaves

Young cannabis plant with 5-finger leaves

Finally, most cannabis plants stop at 7-finger leaves

Cannabis plant showing 7-finger leaves, and even a few 9-finger leaves

If you look closely at the above plant, you can see that some of the newer leaves on this plant actually have 9 fingers. Here’s an example of a leaf that has grown 9 fingers:

9 Fingers

Cannabis leaf with 9 "fingers" or points

It’s completely normal for cannabis plants to have 9, 11, or even 13 points on their fingers. This is just a natural way that some leaves grow. It’s also common to get single-blade leaves growing directly off your colas.

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Sugar Leaves Are Normal on Colas
(these single-finger leaves are often called “sugar leaves” and they are much smaller than regular leaves, with a base tucked mostly inside the bud)

Single blade sugar leaves coming out of the cola

Now That You Know What’s Normal…

These Sugar Leaves Have a Long Base Like Regular Adult Leaves
(uncommon mutation – not like regular sugar leaves)

Single-finger sugar leaves that are built like regular leaves

In This Case, The Entire Plant Grew with Single-Finger Leaves

Plant grows with single-finger leaves

Cannabis Plant grows with one-finger leaves

And Yet Another Strange Plant with Single-Finger Leaves

A cannabis plant whose leaves only grow a single leaflet/lobe

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9.) It’s Possible to Bleach Plants With Too-Bright Light

Light Bleaching – most common with high-power LEDs, but can also happen poorly ventilated HPS lights that are kept too close to the tops of the plants. Basically, this is what happens when plants get too much light, kinda like how the hair on top of your head can turn lighter if you spend a lot of time in the sun.

White tip of this "albino" cannabis plant is actually caused by light bleaching

A closeup of the bleached part of a cannabis bud that was given too high levels of light

Buds which have been bleached tend to be low potency or even have no potency (no available THC or other cannabinoids). Therefore you should avoid light-bleaching your plants at all costs!

Text-book example of light bleaching cannabis making the buds white - this bleaching was caused by high-intensity LED grow lights

Sometimes light-bleached cannabis will get mislabeled as “albino cannabis” or “white cannabis” but the truth is that the white color is not healthy, so this is not a desirable trait (even if it looks pretty cool).

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10.) Flowering Cannabis Plants Can Make “Sap”

Sap – there’s lots of speculation about what it is. No one knows for sure. Many growers who have run into this agree that the type of sap produced is sweet and doesn’t contain much (if any) THC. It is mostly made of sugar and water and so is not smokable. Seems to be related to the plant over-producing sugars, and sap productions is more common when

  • Plants being in the flowering stage
  • Using sugar supplements like molasses, Botanicare Sweet, Sugar Daddy, etc.
  • Big temperature difference between night and day, especially if it gets cold at night
  • Certain strains or individual plants seem more likely to produce sap
  • Yet sometimes oozing sap seems to happen for no known reason

“Strain: Kosher Kush. Flowered her for 70 days and she was covered in trichs. When we harvested her we noticed about a dozen of these sap like globes. They range in color from clear to amber.”

~ DC514

Cannabis "sap" appearing on buds - unfortunately this sap is mostly sugar water with little to no potency

“The plants had already been flushed properly – I let the soil dry completely and fed the plants 2TBSP/gallon of molasses, let them eat and then flushed them out again and waited 2-3 days before harvest. Both plants started producing excretions all over. I’ve seen this before, sap leaking from the stem of plants, however personally I’ve never seen it on the buds themselves. What I believe happened is the pores of the plants either get clogged and therefore “pop” for lack of a better word. Or, the plant liked the molasses better than it’s natural sugars and forced some of those out. Either way I’m going to try this on another plant and see what happens. Is there a benefit to it? Probably not, but I’m going to get the substance tested. I’ve ingested all of the little sap pockets I’ve found and while it tastes like canna, it doesn’t seem physchoactive. Who knows, it could be loaded with CBD or something else.”

~ SeriousSports

Sap globule appearing all over the buds of this cannabis plant

Stem Sap (more common) – often appears to seep out of injured parts of the stem, but not always! Sometimes sap seems to ooze out of uninjured parts of the stem.

Sap seeping from the stem of a cannabis plant is somewhat more common than seeing sap on the buds

In this last case, there’s nothing that seems to be causing the sap except possibly genetics. Here’s what HNIC_204, the grower, had to say…

This is my first grow, literally. I have a couple females, that are currently in flowering. I am growing in soil with guano and flowering ferts (Flora Nova and Cal Mag). I have not added any sugars such as molasses or sugar daddy. The temperature stays pretty consistent, such as 78 during the day and 80’s when the lights are on. The seeds are mids from VA. The plant is looking as though it is a sativa hybrid. I’ve had two plants leak the sap, which tasted like honey, but didn’t have an aftertaste. I attempted to express more of the substance to come out and it would not. Maybe the sap is something to attract males, caused by pheromones. I don’t know, but if this happened on my first grow, I think it’s an awesome phenomenon. I have asked my local grow shop, but they didn’t have a clue.

Sap oozing out of cannabis stemAnother look at that marijuana sap

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Vegetating Cannabis Plants Have an Amazing Ability to Heal

“This is a white widow a couple of weeks into flower, quite nice, but look to the bottom of the stem and you see a big ‘knuckle’.”

Knuckle has formed at the base of this cannabis plant

“This lady was snapped mid veg by accident. She was completely on her side and connected to the main stem by a few fibers and a sliver of ‘skin’. The ‘connected’ tissue was around 1mm, (around the thickness of a credit card).

“She was roughly taped upright with some very haphazard wrapping with electrical tape and forgotten about. Not only is she looking pretty good, (for a small pot and relatively modest light), she’s not at all delayed or less healthy than her sisters. I guess the message is never give up…”

~ DrWeedington

A close-up of the knuckle that formed after this plant suffered a major wound (stem was almost completely separated, then taped back up)

Check out this manifold that was accidentally split down the middle when the plant was young.

The split manifold of a cannabis plant (closup)

The plant came back with a vengeance and ended up getting bigger than the other plants in the tent!

Cannabis plant with a split manifold

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Thanks for sharing bro. Really cool read

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Cool thread!

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Thanks so much for reading! Feel free to add to the posts anytime! Not a bro tho…Lol!
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I feel like you have to say this every week, LOL

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:joy: lol! I feel the same way!!!
It could be that we entered a mans :no_bicycles: sport!
Or it could be my name (Bobbie) what do you think?
P.s. Its either that or I’m being called a girl, which I didnt know that after 51 you could still be a girl and not a woman!
I’m flattered either way!

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I don’t have any sis
Lol

Thanks for sharing @Bplatinum9 :wink:

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51?! From the pic I thought you were in your 30s :sweat_smile:

I think for some it’s a linguistic (semantic? :thinking:) habit to say bro at the end of their statements regardless to whether they’re speaking to a boy, girl, man, or woman and for others it’s what you mentioned - an unconscious assumption that everyone on here is male unless your profile pic makes it obvious that you aren’t. & Yes, your name doesn’t help them lol (even though the spelling is feminine).

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Thanks my son reminds me everyday that I’m turning 52 this summer!

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a lot of females here. I come from. A family of four brothers. What can I say. Lol

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Mostly men in my family too! Trust me I get it! All-growers love here! :+1::heart:

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I’m Canadian we love all by default grower or not hehe. No harm intended. I’ve seen some of my potted ones react the ways in that info…now I know why. Goos to know…

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Ditto! No harm taken!
Did you happen to take any photos?
I would imagine its more prevalent in outside and tent grows.
Do you grow your outdoor plants in pots?

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Nah mix em in with the garden
My peas and beans shield them well on one side from prying eyes

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