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Dear Danny,
How can I tell if my plant is male or female? I planted a seed two months ago and I still can’t figure out what I’ve got.
– Russian Kush

Dear RK,
You should be seeing pre-flowers any day now, appearing in the middle of the node where branches meet the main stem. Use a loupe to look closely at any growth at the joint. Females will indicate themselves with stigmas, or fuzzy white hairs extending from a teardrop shaped bract (also known as a calyx). Male preflowers don’t have pistils; they resemble a closed fist at the end of a very short arm and eventually turn into a tiny bunch of yellow bananas hanging downwards.

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Danny Danko is a writer, photographer and the Senior Cultivation Editor of High Times magazine. He has selected High Times’ annual Top 10 Strains of the Year since 2005 and is also the creator and founder of the High Times Seed Bank Hall of Fame, author of The Official High Times Field Guide to Marijuana Strains and the forthcoming book Cannabis: A Beginner's Guide to Growing Marijuana. He hosts the podcast High Times presents "Free Weed from Danny Danko."