How To Germinate Marijuana Seeds
If you are new to growing one of the most annoying things that you can do is buy $100 seeds and end up killing them due to your inability to germinate them correctly. Whether you are getting started with bag seed or elite strains this article will allow you to increase your germination ratios and end up with
more pheno and strain selection.
How To Spot Viable Seeds
There are many growers who believe that green and white seeds are not viable however we have tested plenty of seeds over the years ( tens of thousands actually ) and many seeds which look to be incapable of germination do the exact opposite. Anytime you pollen chuck and create your own seeds remember to keep and test ALL seeds because there are many seeds that look terrible however end up having some of the best marijuana plants coming out of them and more than worth growing out and testing.
Besides the many white and green strains spotting viable seeds ( when you buy from seed banks the seeds should be dark and/or tiger striped to show viability and age ) is actually as easy as making sure the seeds look and feel aged. Most young seeds do not have a strong shell and will crush/snap under minimal pressure however viable seeds will be hard to crush BUT be careful as it is still possible to crush viable seeds.
How Long Does It Take For Seeds To Germ
From the time you put the seeds in water to soak, seeds tend to take 24-72 hour to fully germinate. This will of course depend on how you germinate the cannabis seeds AND what the temps are during the germination process itself.
Whether you do the water soak or not, most seeds will germinate and end up showing taproots within 3 days whether placed in soil, hydroton or even as simple as wet paper towels.
Different Marijuana Seed Germination Methods
If you have ever wondered how the pros germinate there seeds keep reading. One of the easiest and most used methods to germinate seeds is by soaking the seeds in water for at least 24 hours and then tossing in a tupperware container with a wet paper towel until a solid tap root comes out of the seed shell itself.
Many growers take seeds and toss them straight into soil, rockwool or peat pellets however when you have spent $10+ per seed it makes sense to do anything and everything possible to make sure that all the seeds germinate. Nothing beats the soak in water for 24+ hours and tossing either into a tupperware with a wet paper towel OR soaking in water for the 24+ hours and then putting the seeds straight into soil and skipping the tupperware/paper towel method completely.
How To Tend To Germinating Seeds and Seedlings
It is actually very easy for germinating seeds to die. Many make the mistake of leaving their seeds to soak in water for too long as well as forgetting to wet the paper towel that the seeds are germinating under ( when doing the tupperware method ) and end up frying them completely. The temps of the germinating seeds do play a powerful role in how the seeds and the plants that come out of them end up growing.
When To Transplant Into Growing Medium After Germination
The best time to transplant your germinated seedlings into vegging pots is AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. The easiest way to give your seeds the best chance of life is by putting them in soil or hydro as fast and soon as possible. When you have the ability to toss your germinated seeds in soil you then are able to see your germination ratios as well as continue to expand your current garden.