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Cannabis Anatomy 101: What Are Cannabis Calyxes?

By Terry Hacienda, The Fresh Toast on

Published in Cannabis Daily

Some plants have a higher density of calyxes to leaf. Knowing which strains will produce more calyxes can significantly increase your yield.

How well do you know your cannabis? I mean, most people know the basics of what gets you high, but from there on out, it becomes a bit hazy.

Most people know what pistils are, they know what trichomes are, but what are calyxes?

In this article we’re going to be taking a closer look at the calyx in order to expand our knowledge on the cannabis plant, helping us better understand what it is we are smoking. Additionally, this will be a very informative article for cannabis growers. The skinny on cannabis calyxes! The calyx is the first part of a flowering bud. It consists of a small collection of leaves that spiral near the stem of the flower. These are made up by sepals, which are miniature leaves that protect the flower at its base.

The calyx can be considered to be the flower’s center and binds everything together. It provides the structure for the plants reproductive organs.

Now that we know that, we can begin to understand the importance of calyxes in the cannabis plant. But did you know that these pockets of goodness tend to have the highest ration of cannabinoids? Now you do. Why the calyx is so important? As mentioned, the calyx is the center of the flower, meaning this is where all buds originate from. If you look at a cola, it originated from the calyx itself.

 

Within the calyx, you can find many things such as “pistils” and “trichomes”. Within the calyx, the pistil density is supreme! The resin glands, where that sweet THC is being cooked up, are also found in there.

It’s very easy to spot a calyx form when the plant starts flowering. The tiny flower will begin to produce pistils (or the long white hairs) if it’s a female. On the other hand, if it’s a male, the calyxes will produce pollen sacks.

Of course, unless you’re breeding for seeds, murder the male and put it in a blender for juicing. Choosing good genetics for more calyxes Now that we have a firm understanding of calyxes, let’s take a look at genetics. Some plants have a higher density of calyxes to leaf. Knowing which strains will produce more calyxes can significantly increase your yield.

Strains like True OG, Northern Lights, Lemon Skunk and Master Kush all have amazing calyx to leaf ratio. How do you find the calyxes in a cannabis plant? If you’ve got an abundance of sugar leaf, odds are at the center you’ll find a calyx. This is because the calyx is the center of production of resin, and as it produces, it pushes itself outwards, covering the surrounding leaf.

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