Ripeness notice

I noticed some very small bright yellow flower petals in the middle of buds that are 11 weeks into the flowering stage. When I squeezed one some fine powder was left on my finger. Are these male flowers? They are on about 90% of the buds.

Your suspicions are correct. Those five petaled, cream-colored flowers are males. The plants are either very ripe and ready to be picked, or, if the female flowers surrounding them are not ripe, are hermaphrodites. Some varieties develop male flowers just as they ripen. It can be considered a ripeness notice. If the plants are sporting ripe buds, harvest them. If the plants are hermaphrodites you may want to continue to flower them for a seeded harvest, or start over with a different plant line. If you can pick the male flowers before they open, you can minimize pollination.

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