when can i germinate a fresh seed
for my exp. it depends on when you harvested the seeds from the plant, as if they are too immature they wont pop,and say you let the plant bud then pollinate the seeds wont be as high a quality. just from my exp.
also what you germ. technique? and you havnt had issues in the past? take it easy.
what color are the seeds?? are they white and pale, or brown and tiger stripped?? if the later, they should be good to go.. sometimes, you may need to put them in say a matchbox with some light sandpaper in there and give them some shaking to scuff up the seeds before trying to germ them..
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Put your seeds in the fridge,it makes the seeds ready to pop faster but fresh seeds usually take about 2 months untill you get a good germ rate
they vary from lite brown to dark brown and all have dark stripes. and the technique i use to germ is soak in water for a day, then have in a very damp napkin for 3 more days normally the process only takes 3 days for me but i feel like something is wrong
i did the shake technique but didnt seem to work both times i tried..
ill give that a try thanks and i know the seeds need a dry period so the lack of moisture makes it starve of water then when its applied the root pops out looking for a quench
i’d give them some more time.. say a month or so.. i just got some beans from a reputable breeder and had 0/5 germ for me.. i contacted the breeder and he told me that they are a fresh batch, and he will be sending replacements to me.. another person told me that i should give them a month or two before trying the other 5..
has this worked for u?
ill try this and the fridge techique thanks bros
has this worked for u?
ill try this and the fridge techique thanks bros
you do this with most kind of seeds i think. kept mine in an old vitamin bottle wrapped in kitchen towel, still using them now after about 4 1/2 years
yea seeds last a loooong time beleive me
my mom been saving seeds since she was a teen and watayaknow she gave em to me best gift ive ever gotten.. all seeds from the late 60s + the 70s and ill post a pic of it in a sec but 6 of the seeds poped and all were male except 1 and decided to breed it so i had a cross polinated plant from a indica male and sativa female at least from my knowledge of growin cannabis thats wat they were. i smoked the non sensi and its was an intense energetic feeling but then by the next session i was mellow
They need to dry and the fridge bit helps also.
Think of what happens in nature. The plant finishes and dies. The seeds drop to the ground. If they germinated right then, the first frost would kill them. They lay there over the winter and the cold keeps them dormant. With warm weather in the spring and April showers THEN they germinate and start the next cycle.
This is why really fresh seeds won’t germ well.
Myself, I dry in a paper bag in a cool dark place for a month to 6 weeks. Then I put in something airtight like a film can, along with some uncooked rice and put in the fridge for a month or so (winter), until needed. NOT the freezer. If they aren’t totally dry, moisture inside the seed can freeze, causing them to crack and be useless.
You can keep seeds literally for years in the fridge.
In my experience you can pop a seed after about 2 weeks of drying but it takes forever to germinate and can rot. The best results I have had are drying seeds for a few months to a year in an organizer and then placing them into fresh moist starter soil in starter trays. Pop, presto, 3-5 days like magic. Even the lighter non striped seeds germinate fine. If they don’t pop between my fingers they almost always go.
I just joined this forum for exactly this reason. It is damn near impossible to find out anything about germinating fresh seeds. There’s something called a delay enzyme that keeps them from popping too early.
So it seems the general consensus is to let them dry for a month to 6 weeks. Nobody is familiar with a short cut to bypass this enzyme and germinate in 2 weeks? I’m not worried about having high germination rate because I have PLENTY of seeds. Please let me know and thanks for the info.
The ones my friends are trying to germ are Lowryder 2’s. He’s trying to keep a continuous indoor garden going and is ready to start some more plants. You’re saying you were able to germ auto seeds after a couple weeks. What exactly did you do?
Okay, my friend tried to germ his fresh LR2 seeds. He soaked them in water until they sank and put the seeds in pots. After being disappointed a few days later by not seeing any sprouts he just left the pots sitting where they were. Sure enough nearly 2 weeks later the little bastards started popping up. They weren’t even a week off the plant before they were placed in the water. Hope that helps.
So I harvested these few days ago can anyone give me a opinion on how their looking,they look fine to me but I always like a second opinion, they’re sunshine daydream male psychosis female, I can’t wait to try them now,but I’ll give it 6weeks like someone said before I try them
How to germinate cannabis seeds
So, you’ve decided to grow your own cannabis plants. You purchased a pack of seeds, assembled cultivation materials, cleared a space in your garden, and are ready to grow your first cannabis crop . With everything in hand, it’s time to begin the very first step of cannabis cultivation : germinating seeds.
What is germination?
Germination is the first stage of the cannabis growth cycle : the process that brings a cannabis seed out of its hibernation period and starts the cannabis growth process. After all, seeds in a bag don’t spontaneously start developing roots. Also known as “popping” seeds, seed germination begins when a seed receives environmental cues letting it know the setting is perfect to start growth.
Germination is the process that brings a cannabis seed out of its hibernation period and starts the cannabis growth process. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
When a seed enters an environment with enough moisture, it will increase in size and slowly break out of its shell. A seedling or germ forms from which roots will emerge, helping the baby plant absorb nutrients from the soil. Seeds naturally develop roots facing down and stems stretching upward, allowing the young cannabis plant to simultaneously feed off light and earth.
It’s essential to acquire high-quality cannabis seeds for germination, as these will go on to become high-quality cannabis plants. Seeds that are fresh-feeling or too green indicate that they haven’t reached full maturity, while pale-green, white, or very dark cannabis seeds may have trouble sprouting. However, it’s tricky to know the outcome of a popped seed, so trying may be worthwhile. If you’re not ready to pop your seeds yet, store them in a dark, cool place until it’s time for germination.
Preparing to germinate cannabis seeds
Germination itself is a crucial aspect of cannabis cultivation. The seed germination process is the foundation of every marijuana plant, and steps can be taken to boost successful popping. For example, some cultivators improve germination attempts by soaking seeds in 1% hydrogen peroxide or a compost tea for 12 hours beforehand to kill any dangerous pests.
The environment in which seeds germinate also plays a role in the outcome. While there are several different germination methods, each requires proper moisture, minimal handling, and warm springtime temperatures between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.
How to germinate cannabis seeds
The best germination method depends on the cultivator’s choice. Here are some of the most common ways to pop your cannabis seeds.
How to germinate seeds in soil
Soil is an easy, more natural method with which to germinate your cannabis seeds. The soil protects the fragile roots from any interference, and soil is, after all, where a cannabis plant would grow in the wild.
Soil is an easy, more natural method with which to germinate your cannabis seeds because the soil protects the fragile roots from any interference. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
First, make sure you use the correct type of soil, either gently fertilized potting soil or a seed starter with a pH level of approximately six (6). The soil contains the right acidity and enough nutrients to strengthen your young cannabis plants for the first two weeks. Be careful not to add more nutrients, or you risk overfeeding and killing your seeds.
Place the soil in a small pot and use your finger or a pencil to push a small hole in the dirt, a bit more than half an inch deep. Insert the seed into the hole and bury it with soil. From this point on, don’t touch your seed. The young plant is fragile and knows how to position itself in the soil bed.
Gently water the soil with a spray bottle and situate your pots under a fluorescent lamp. Keep seeds away from the windowsill, as the temperature is too volatile for germination. In general, you’ll want to keep the temperature in the range of 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Monitor your soil every day and keep it moist. Within four to seven days, you should see tiny stems sprouting from the soil.
When the seedling stems reach two to four inches in height, it’s time to transplant your cannabis into larger pots with more room for roots to spread down and out. After you’ve done this, you’ve successfully germinated your cannabis seeds into proper, young plants.
How to germinate seeds in water
You can also germinate your seeds by placing them in water. It’s slightly faster than the soil method, but you need to adjust your environmental factors accordingly. Remember, successfully germinating seeds requires a perfect balance of ideal growing conditions. When germinating in water, seeds need only 24-48 hours to pop their stems, though cultivators can keep them soaking for up to a week as needed. Water germination is faster because the seed gets all the moisture it needs immediately, and the shell softens and cracks more easily after soaking.
To employ water germination, fill a glass with tap water and let it sit until it reaches room temperature or around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Add two to three plant seeds per cup and allow them to sit, watching for any changes. Change the water to fresh tap water every two days, making sure it stays at room temperature.
The seeds should start sprouting in about two days, though older seeds can take up to a week to sprout. You can remove them from the water and place them in the soil at any point once they’ve sprouted. Once the roots are about five millimeters long, they need to be planted.
The downside of water germination is that once they’ve popped, you’ll need to maneuver them into their growing medium manually. This is a delicate process, as germinating seeds are extra fragile, and any harm risks the development of your plants. Make sure to place the seed roots down in the soil when you transfer to a pot.
How to germinate seeds using paper towels
The paper towel method is also a common way cultivators pop their seeds. Some even use this method with cotton pads instead of paper towels, but the necessary steps are the same.
To germinate seeds this way, lay one paper towel on top of a countertop, place a few seeds, and cover them with a second paper towel.
Lay one paper towel on top of a countertop, place a few seeds, and cover them with a second paper towel. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Use a spray bottle to moisten the paper towels and then store the cushioned seeds between two plates, under a face-down bowl, or gently place them in a plastic bag. Maintain a temperature of about 72 degrees Fahrenheit, keeping the paper towel wrapped seeds in the dark and away from a windowsill. In two to five days, the seeds will pop inside the paper towel sandwich and emit tiny roots, ready to plant when they reach about five millimeters in length.
Use a spray bottle to moisten the paper towels and then store the cushioned seeds between two plates, under a face-down bowl, or gently place them in a plastic bag. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The paper towel method also has its risk, as the fragile seedlings can be damaged during the potting process. The tiny roots can also get tangled in the paper towels, so make sure to move the seeds to potting soil before roots grow too long. Use your hands or tweezers to gently remove each seed from the paper towels and place them in a prepared growing medium.
How do you germinate seeds indoors?
Whether you’re planning an indoor cultivation or outdoor grow, it’s best to germinate your seeds indoors. It’s easier to maintain proper temperature, light exposure, and moisture inside, and you can protect your seeds from the elements. Indoor germination, whether using soil or paper towels, will ensure your cannabis seeds have the best chance for survival.
To germinate seeds indoors, use any of the methods described above. Within a few days, you’ll have popped seeds ready to transfer to a growing medium.
Do you need to germinate seeds before planting?
While many plants can be germinated in the ground, cannabis seeds are fragile enough that you should germinate them before planting.
Once your seeds have sprouted roots, they should be planted in soil, a soil-less medium, or in your hydroponic setup. Make sure not touch the root, caring for and navigating the seedling so that the roots face downward. Plant the seed about one inch deep in your growing medium, cover lightly, and allow for about a week for the seed to emerge from the soil. If the seed hasn’t poked through by day ten, it likely didn’t survive.