Never heard of it, but WTF, worth playing with in the future.
I also saw somewhere that the great big fat seeds grow more sativa like and the little ones more indica like. I am out to lunch on that one still, as I have one that looks all indica and all the seeds for it are huge fat suckers.
REGARDLESS it is a cool question, looking forward to seeing the responses.
Can't wait to try to find female seeds...Sounds interesting to me....
This reminds me of an old Columbo episode. Columbo had no evidence that the suspect was guilty, but he convinced the suspect that the fingernail clippings Columbo was collecting from him would match the scratch marks left on the victim.
The suspect fell for the junk science and confessed to the murder, just to find-out that if he was to have clipped or chewed his fingernails, the scratch patterns wouldn't have matched. (just because it sounds feasable, doesn't make it so)
I think it's likely the same thing here. Different growth habits, compacted buds versus loosely pack buds, (chewing his nails) nutrient variations, soil versus hydro, wind, humidity, length of seed maturation, post harvest handling...all play a part in seed appearance. I could see there possibly being differences in appearance between a Mekong Delta indica and a South American sativa seed, but with all the crosses, back crosses, and general mishandling of genetics, I sincerely doubt there is a pattern. And if I'm not mistaken, seed expression is along the same variety as plant expression. Some seeds cary-on some of the mother's traits, some cary-on the fathers traits, some with various combinations of both.
Would be way cool if it is valid, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
Any chance you could post the link? Would love to read a bit more about this "observation", and how they worked-out that the concerns I listed were invalid. If they didn't even bother to investigate this, I think the source is...untrustworthy. (or at the very least, they're blowin' smoke up our collective asses)
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Yeah it sounds cool, but with a guarantee of 100% it sounds like an 'As Seen On TV' kinda things.
Would be a load of help though.
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But then people would only buy the femmed ones so then all genetics would all be lost, or all the same, if this was a absolute tell wouldn't it?
I imagine as the rest of you that this isn't a tell all, i'm sure if some way existed it wouldn't be a secret to all of us. Someone here would know of it. I just put this up because I wanted to hear what everyone thought of it.
If it can help in ANY way for people to recognize a female from a male seed in their bag of random beans, I think it's worth exploring.
I'm not trying to say anything about the validity of it, but next time I pop regular seeds, I'm going to photograph and label them to see if there MIGHT be any credibility to it.
Good luck, but it's not like the female wears lipstick.
Perhaps if there were a similar appearance-based seed sexing technique for other seeds, (flowers, veggies, fruits...) I'd think it's possible for cannabis too. But from what I've read and seen, I'm sorry, but I feel you are barking up the wrong tree.
Google something like "determine seed sex by appearance". See if it's possible with ANY plants seeds, and go from there.