How-To Grow Sweet Sensimilla: 3 Tips!
By Canncentral Editor
Even within a community of seasoned cannabis veterans, there could still be an element of ambiguity surrounding the meaning of the term ‘sensimilla’. Read on to get our take on it.
What’s the Meaning of ‘Sensimilla’?
The word ‘sensimilla’ is prevalent in a number of song lyrics that are describing marijuana in general. However, sensimilla is a very specific type of marijuana. The formation of the word itself originates from the Spanish word for ‘without’ (sin) and ‘seed’ (semilla). So, ‘sensimilla’ is a combination of the two, literally translating to ‘without seed’. The word first started getting used in the 1970s and it developed into a term considered to be synonymous with the best and most intense cannabis.
What Is Sensimilla?
For the inexperienced grower or for those who have no cannabis garden, the term sensimilla can sound like it is some sort of special strain of marijuana. It is not. Sensimilla is a form of cannabis that contains no seeds because the female plants are prevented from being fertilized and so produce no seed, only flowers.
These flowers are high in THC content, making them highly potent and sweet-smelling. This happens due to the cannabis plants directing all of their energy into producing high-quality flowers rather than producing seeds. Many people make the mistake of thinking that sensimilla is a seedless breed of cannabis. It is not, it is only those that do not become fertilized that don’t produce seeds.
Sensimilla comes from female cannabis plants that have been grown in isolation from male plants. Without seeds, all of their energy and essential oils get directed to their buds. Growing sensimilla requires careful management; not only do you need to maintain separation of male and female plants but you also are required to keep the flowers trimmed while growing, then dried and cured during harvest to produce a great taste, smell and look.
How Rare is Sensimilla?
As previously described, sensimilla is not a specialist plant. It is any female cannabis plant that has not been exposed to male plants and remains unfertilized. Unfertilized plants do not produce any seeds, so they cannot reproduce plants. Sensimilla plants may be rare in natural habitat, but they are not rare in the marijuana industry due to it being relatively simple to create them.
Sensimilla plants can be easily produced in today’s marijuana industry, either indoors or in a cannabis garden. Environmentally controlled greenhouses, hydroponic tunnel techniques and the availability of feminized cannabis seeds have all contributed to the ease of producing entirely female crops of cannabis plants.
So, sensimilla buds are readily available on the market. Better still, how about having a go at growing your own?
How to Grow Your Own Sensimilla
Growing sensimilla is a pretty straightforward process; you just need to get rid of all the male plants. Here are 3 ways that you can achieve this:
Only Grow Female Cannabis Plants
This is the most straightforward way to achieve a male free cannabis plant environment. Female cannabis plants will remain unfertilized with no males around and unfertilized cannabis plants only produce buds, not seeds. Feminized strains are easy to come by so you can easily produce your own sensimilla weed. Be careful to have the correct lighting as this will stop any male plants from appearing.
Destroy All the Male Cannabis Plants
Another solution is to get rid of all the male marijuana plants. Chances are you will have around half male and half female in a crop of cannabis plants if you do not choose to use only feminized strains. It is pretty easy to identify the males; they tend to have fewer leaves and their stalks are much thicker and sturdier than the female plants.
Once you’ve identified them, you can simply pull all the male plants out by the roots, leaving you with a completely female crop. This will ensure that what remains will remain sensimilla.
Clone a Female Plant
This may sound like a pretty tough thing to achieve, but it’s not ‘Boys From Brazil’ stuff we’re talking about here. All you need to do to get a good sensimilla clone is to find a good ‘mother’ plant and take a cutting from it, making a clone. Female clones will produce another female clone from taking a cutting from them also. Complete the process until you have an entire crop of females.
One thing to be aware of about cloning is this. The maximum number of cuttings you should take from one ‘mother’ is four. After this amount, you may not get the desired traits for your clone.
So, keep the boys and girls apart and you’ll soon be enjoying your sweet smell and taste of sensimilla.