Germinating your marijuana seeds in the correct manner is the first challenge faced by numerous cannabis growers. Failure to germinate them in the correct manner can result in irreparable damage to your seeds. To help you achieve desirable results we have set out the following guidelines.
What you will need
When you have all the required materials listed above, the next thing to do is to place your seeds within some pieces of damp tissue or paper towel. It’s recommended to use distilled water, or water with a neural PH of between 6.5 and 7.
When you have that done, the next thing to do is to place the seeds which you have wrapped in paper towel somewhere warm. What we personally like to do is to place the seeds on a damp layer of paper towel in shallow container, cover them with another layer of damp paper, and wrap the container up in a layer of clingfilm. This stops the moisture from evaporating, and to keep any light out we then wrap the lot up in a piece of clothing, and place on top of an electrical appliance such as a television. The optimum temperature you should be aiming for here is somewhere in around 21 – 25 degrees.
Although it’s tempting to open the the container holding your seeds every few hours, trust us when we say you’ll be wasting your time – we’ve been there! You should at least leave them alone to germinate for at least 12 hours, but 24 hours is usually the norm. That being said some seeds will often sprout within 12 – 18 hours while others can take up to a week. While it’s very rare that a marijuana seed simply germinate, the trick is to not give up on any seeds and to keep them moist and warm for at least a a week.
With the heat and moisture your seeds will soon crack and a tiny white root tip will begin to appear. When these tips are about 1/8 of an inch long it’s time to transfer them to the soil. Great care should be taken here, since touching these small tips with your bare hands can stunt and even kill your seeds. We strongly advise you use a tweezers or the tip of a knife to pick up your marijuana seeds at this point.
At this stage your potting soil should already be damp, with a small hole approximately half an each deep made with the tip of a pen or something of the sort, and you can gently place your seed in with the root facing down, cover lightly with soil, and give them a little water.
We must also mention that if you’re using clingfilm to cover the container which holds your seeds, you should still pay great attention that your paper towels don’t dry out, since while the moisture can’t actually escape, it can dry out on the bottom layer as a result of the evaporation effect making it cling to the underside of the clingfilm. To be on the safe side, when germinating your marijuana seeds, simply replenish your water every few days or when required.
Place the pots containing your seeds under a fluorescent lamp and water every day. Ensure they are not over watered since this can rot their young roots, however it is important that enough water reaches the bottom of the pot.
Ensure your grow light remains 2 inches above the soil, and as the plant grows continue to gradually raise it to keep this minimum distance intact. Finally then, after 3 or 4 weeks your weed plants should be in or around 4 inches high, and can then be transferred to a bigger pot or outdoors. You should also try to make sure you keep transplanting your plants between pots to a minimum – preferably once only.