Do cannabis seeds need to be soaked?
Hard seeds should be soaked for a maximum of 32 hours, although 24 hours is usually enough. Soaking too long can damage them. Marijuana seeds begin to sprout when they receive the twin signals of water and heat. Once the right conditions occur, the taproot starts burrowing through the shell of the seed.
How do you germinate Dutch Passion seeds?
from Dutch Passion
- Step 1: Prepare your soil.
- Step 2: Watering the soil.
- Step 3: Placing the seed inside the soil.
- Step 4: Cover the seed and press gently.
- Step 5: Cover the pots with kitchen foil.
- Step 6: Poke some holes.
- Step 7: Wait for germination.
- Step 8: Take care of your seedlings.
How do you germinate autoflowering seeds?
Just grab a pencil, or even with your fingers, make a little hole (1-2cm deep), and place the seed in it, the medium must be moist but not soaking, then cover with soil without applying pressure. Planting directly in the medium is the best way to avoid stressing your plants due to transplanting.
Do autoflowering seeds need to be germinated?
If, after 18 hours of soaking, one or more seeds still will not sink, we recommend carrying on to step three anyway – those seeds have thicker shells, so they may just take a bit longer to sprout. These two qualities, plus moisture from the water, are what your autoflowering marijuana seeds need to germinate.
Do you need to cover seeds to germinate?
To speed germination, cover the pots with plastic wrap or a plastic dome that fits over the seed-starting tray. This helps keep the seeds moist before they germinate. When you see the first signs of green, remove the cover.
How many hours of light do seeds need to germinate?
The most important thing to consider and deliver is adequate plant light. Seedlings need more light than full grown plants, ideally as much as 16-18 hours a day. Additional light may be required for seeds started during the winter months.
What helps seeds germinate faster?
One easy way to make seeds germinate faster is to presoak them for 24 hours in a shallow container filled with hot tap water. Water will penetrate the seed coat and cause the embryos inside to plump up. Don’t soak them for longer than 24 hours because they could rot. Plant the seeds immediately in moist soil.
Pre Soaking, Scarifying Or Scuffing Seeds?
The more experienced or “old school” growers tend to opt for the all-natural way. Simply placing the seeds in moist, suitable soil – some cover with a transparent film, and offer a whispered prayer to the weed gods – some don’t. Within a few days to 2 weeks – hey presto!
Yes, you read that right “weeks” personally ive never waited more than 10 days but it can take longer. Using the “straight to soil method” can take longer and can also have a lesser overal germination rate. It tends to be used by “regular” seed growers, who use more seeds than they need and dont mind a few non starters. Seeds have a 90 to 95% germination rate in nauture.
For example: Sowing 100 carrot seeds, wont always get you 100 carrots – at a few pennies each who cares? Cannabis seeds are relatively expensive but the harvest much more valuable losing just 1 seed to non germination – you feel cursed!
There are a few tips – to help increase the pop rate!
Should I Pre Soak Or Scarify?
Like everything in life – the choice is yours! Some seeds have a tougher shell than others do, in particular Auto seeds and larger seeds seem more prone to this. It can cause delays in germination or the shell can sometimes not fully open and remain stuck to the seedling.
Covering every cannabis seed shell is also an outer protective membrane – lightly scarifying or scuffing this outer layer can help the seed absorb the critical moisture needed for successful germination.
If You Chose To Scarify – Go Lightly!
Using a sharp knife or fine grit sandpaper – you can remove enough of the protective membrane to aid germination. Some seeds can crack in just a few days – especially after a 24hr pre-soak but they can still take much longer.
Thicker, harder shells or size of seeds arent an indicator of the quality.
‘Mighty oaks from little acorns grow’
We know taking a sharp knife to your seeds can sound like drastic measure, but it’s a proven method.
The wet paper towel method is also a tried and tested, nearly every cannabis grower is aware of – adding a simple scarify and pre-soak method is known to aid the process and aid the seeds that are slower to crack.
It’s Not Fool Proof!
Pre-soaking and the paper towel method can be tricky. Weed growers are arguably the only people that do this with seeds – Keeping the seeds submerged in water, cooped up in a warm wet environment or letting them dry out can be fatal. Cannabis naturally originates in a semi-arid environment with no paper towels, heating pads or germination domes.
Only human intervention and sometimes ingenuity – has created an artificial way to do almost everything! But this intervention can help with the rate of germination but – can cause problems too. From contamination, dirty fingers/tools to a heavy handed approach – crushing, drowning, drying or snapping the life from our sprouts.
So What’s The Best Method?
Well, what works for one person may not for another. Were old school and have tried them all. but you want a higher percentage of your seeds popped and quickly – some want to control every stage!
The paper towel method is widely used and the often quoted “3 days from soak to seedling” has certainly been achieved – but setting your alarm and poking, prodding and fussing over your seeds won’t always achieve that result!
Just because Mason from Kentucky had 5 Lemon Kush Auto seeds pop in 3 days on a towel – doesn’t mean Liam in Dublin will have the same results with his Photoperiod Chemdawg in soil!
Whatever method you choose, be it natural old school or lab coat and tweezers – do your research and be patient!
- 22° – 25°C (71–77°F)
- A dark/damp but never wet environment
- RH of 70-90%
- Minimal seed handling
- Hydro PH value of 5.8-6.2
Never trust the guestimated environment of “in a cupboard beside a heat source”
Most failures occur with drowning or drying out in paper towels!
This blog is no more than a guide. Our seeds are sold as viable souvenirs or collectable items only. the information above is for educational purposes only.