Soaking Weed Seeds In Water Thank you for choosing Green Source Gardens genetics! All of our seeds are bred outdoors in the natural light cycle (we do not use grow lights of any sort) and are There are numerous phases of cannabis cultivation that must be completed before you may be greeted with copious amounts of dank buds. You won't have a plant How to Speed up Seed Germination Some seeds grow easily, but others do better when they start out in controlled conditions that mimic their natural environments. Here are some tips to help you
Soaking Weed Seeds In Water
Thank you for choosing Green Source Gardens genetics! All of our seeds are bred outdoors in the natural light cycle (we do not use grow lights of any sort) and are selected for finishing traits tailored to Oregon’s growing climate.
How to Care for Your Seeds
***We recommend starting seeds during the second quarter/waxing moon in April***
Mix water and aloe with a little saliva to form a germination soak! Amylase in your spit helps kick start the germination process by acting as an enzyme to begin the breakdown of the germ. It also provides your DNA to the seeds, so they can get to know you. Soak seeds overnight (8-12 hours) in this solution at 65-70 degrees F°. This soaking gives the seeds adequate water penetration and encourages easy germination. After the soak, plant your seeds just below the surface of your soil and water in. Keep moist and expect seeds to emerge from the soil in 3-10 days, some seeds take a little longer to emerge then others.
For direct seeding: plant seeds outside during the second quarter waxing moon (the week before the full moon) in May or June.
For transplanting: plant seeds in a 4”x 4” soil pot, when roots begin to appear at the bottom of the container (two – three weeks), up pot into a one gallon soil pot.
Sexing: 2 months after germination (early June if you started your seeds in April) plants will generally begin to show their sex.
It is best to wait until you have clearly sexed female plant before transplanting out into the garden.
We practice many styles of breeding. Depending on which seeds you have purchased from us, here is some extra information about how they were created and for what purpose.
IBLs (inbred lines) are generally more stable as they have been selected over several generations for particular traits. IBLs are generally not as productive or resilient as hybrids. However, IBLs are ideal for breeding to other genetics lines in order to introduce stabilized traits into hybrids of their own.
Poly-Hybrids are seeds of mixed genetic background, therefore less genetically stable and present more potential phenotypes. They are generally vigorous, hardy and less predictable. Poly-hybrids will vary in finishing times within the different phenotype expressions.
F1 hybrids have two stable IBLs (from different genetic backgrounds) as parents. Crossing one IBL to a different IBL is how true F1 Hybrids are created. The resulting offspring of F1 hybrids are stable and productive. F1 hybrids are ideal for commercial production seed lines, pairing stability with hybrid vigor.
F2 Generation Breeding F1s within the same line (sibling crosses) will result in less stable F2 offspring. These offspring show more recessive traits. F2s are great to select for further inbreeding but less reliable from a production standpoint due to the variance in phenotype expression.
We love all seeds. We believe they all have value. The price difference in our seeds is based on the amount of time and energy that has gone into breeding them.
Poly-hybrids are the easiest to create, therefore will be the least expensive option.
IBLs take much more time and selection to create, therefore will be more expensive
F1s will generally be the most expensive. This is because in order to create true F1s you need to have created 2 IBLs of different genetic backgrounds and cross them to create a new stable expression.
*Often in cannabis people make a cross and regardless of parental lineage call it an F1 even though the parental lineage are polyhybrid crosses. This does not result in true F1’s and creates offspring that expresses many phenotypes and are less stable. In this common scenario they are actually polyhybrids not true F1s. Make sure when you are buying seeds to understand these terms and what they mean to best fit your growing needs.*
How to Germinate Weed Seeds
There are numerous phases of cannabis cultivation that must be completed before you may be greeted with copious amounts of dank buds. You won’t have a plant to harvest unless you can successfully germinate cannabis seeds.
Germination is the process through which a seed sprouts into a new plant. Often known as “popping,” germination is the first step in beginning a cannabis garden.
Picking out good quality seeds
Cannabis seeds may be obtained from a variety of places, although they are most often purchased online. Because there are so many different internet seed sellers, it’s crucial to pick one that you can trust.
Regardless of where you obtain your seeds, it is a good idea to check them carefully before planting. Seeds will germinate in the majority of cases; nevertheless, poor-quality seeds will result in a weaker plant. Unfortunately, you won’t find out until the vegetative and flowering periods are well underway.
When purchasing seeds, make sure they are ripe and have a dark brown color with lighter highlights and a firm feel. You don’t want a seed that feels fresh and seems green, as this suggests that it hasn’t fully matured. Once you’ve got your cannabis seeds, make sure you have enough room for your plants to develop and thrive.
Preparing to germinate cannabis seeds
The act of germination is important in the production of cannabis. Seed germination is the basis of every cannabis plant, and there are actions that can be performed to increase the likelihood of successful popping. Some growers, for example, increase germination attempts by soaking seeds in a compost tea for 12 hours or in a solution of 1 percent hydrogen peroxide prior to planting to eliminate any harmful bugs.
The environment in which seeds germinate has an impact on the final result. There are a variety of germination methods, however, they all require:
- Moisture is required for the seed to swell and break free from its shell.
- Minimal intervention to avoid accidentally breaking the fragile structures.
- Temperatures that are similar to those of spring (between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit).
A single root will take form in the presence of moisture before gradually growing into the cannabis plant we know and love. Seeds will begin to grow within 12-36 hours of being exposed to moisture under the correct conditions.
The length of time it takes to germinate depends on how great your germination environment is. Even the worst grower can get a seed to germinate, but it will take a few weeks and will, of course, result in a weaker plant.
How to germinate seeds in soil
The most popular and generally effective technique of germinating cannabis seeds is to plant them in the soil where they will be grown. Because the delicate root is shielded by the soil, this approach is ideal for ensuring that immature seeds have minimal disturbance. It is ideal for plants to develop in the most natural way possible.
If you’re going to utilize soil, be sure you have the proper kind. Use seed-starting or potting soil that has been lightly fertilized. It should have a pH level of around 6. This sort of soil contains spores and nutrients that aid the growth of new weed plants. At this point, don’t add any nutrients; potting soil has adequate nutrients for the first 2 weeks of the plant’s existence. If you apply any additional fertilizer, you risk nutritional overdosing and harming your seedlings.
Place the soil in a tiny pot and make a small hole in the dirt with your finger or a pencil, about half an inch deep. Place the seed in the hole and cover it with dirt. Do not handle the seed beyond this stage. Seedlings are delicate, yet they understand how to place themselves in the dirt.
The seed will have a root if it has already germinated. Place the root in a downward position. Spray water onto the soil gently using a spray bottle and place your pots beneath a fluorescent light. Seeds should be kept away from windowsills since the temperature is too fluctuating for germination. The soil temperature should be kept at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
Every day, keep an eye on your soil and maintain it to stay wet. You should observe small stems growing from the dirt in 4-7 days.
Move your weed sprouts to bigger pots so that roots can spread out comfortably around the time the seedling stems reach 2-4 inches in height.
Germinate seeds in water
Seeds can also be germinated by immersing them in water. It’s a little quicker than the dirt technique, but you’ll have to modify your environment variables accordingly.
The key is to not soak the seeds for too long. The seeds will usually show their tail within 24 to 48 hours, but you may leave them soaking for up to 7 days without fear.
When seeds germinate in water, they sink to the bottom once they’ve been wet. Water germination is beneficial because it ensures that the proper quantity of moisture is present for seedlings to germinate. It can help shatter open the shell, pre-spouting the plant right before your eyes if done for a brief length of time. Water germination speeds up the process by removing the need for the plant to push through the soil.
Fill a glass halfway with tap water and let it sit at room temperature for a few hours to germinate. The temperature should be between 68 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not include any nutrition. Watch for any changes after dropping 2 or 3 cannabis seeds into the water. Every other day, refill the glass with fresh water while keeping it at the same temperature.
The seeds should begin to divide after 2 to 4 days. You can plant your seeds at any time, but they must be planted after the roots are 5 millimeters long.
Germinate seeds by using paper towels
You don’t have to use paper towels; there are a few other objects around the house that will do the job just as well. You can use coffee filter papers, newspaper, or cotton wool pads as examples.
First and foremost, wet your paper towel. Make sure the paper towel is thoroughly wet before placing it onto a holding container such as a plate or Tupperware. Spread a few seeds across the paper towel. Make sure there are a few centimeters between each seed so they don’t touch.
With a zip lock bag to seal your container. This essentially creates a greenhouse-like atmosphere, allowing your seeds to grow a bit faster. Place your new mini-greenhouse somewhere that will maintain a constant temperature of approximately 68 degrees Fahrenheit while being out of direct sunshine.
You should notice your seedling growing in about a week. It’s time to move them into a dirt container when you notice this. Take your time and use the tweezers; don’t touch them with your bare hands because this might cause them to be destroyed.
Germinate with starter cubes and seedling plugs
Using specially designed starting cubes and seedling plugs is a more creative approach to grow seedlings. Cannabis germination is simple with these plugs. Simply insert the seed in the cube or plug, add water as indicated, and the seedlings are automatically provided with ideal germination conditions. This is one of the most straightforward germination procedures, with little opportunity for error.
Each cube or plug already has a hole in it where you may plant your seed. Simply place your seed in the precut hole and seal the lid with your fingers. Don’t worry, you won’t be able to screw this up. You should be fine as long as the seed gets in there.
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How to Speed up Seed Germination
Some seeds grow easily, but others do better when they start out in controlled conditions that mimic their natural environments. Here are some tips to help you create the right conditions so that your seeds will sprout faster.
The best way to find out the optimal conditions for your plants is to read the information on the seed packet. It will tell you the best planting date, time until bloom, instructions, and any special needs.
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.
Stratification is the practice of using a period of moist cold to trick seeds into thinking they are experiencing winter. If you are sowing seeds indoors in the spring, soak the seeds and then place them in a zip-top sandwich bag filled halfway with moist, seed-starting medium and then cover them with another inch of medium. Keep the bag in the refrigerator. When the seeds sprout roots, transfer them to pots.
You can also keep seeds that need to be exposed to the cold in pots outdoors in the fall and winter. Spread a thin layer of very fine gravel, such as natural-colored aquarium gravel, over the tops of the pots. Keep the pots close together and bury them to their rims to protect them from severe cold and prevent them from spilling. After the seeds have started to germinate, move the pots to a sheltered nursery area.
Scarification is a process of nicking a seed’s coat with a knife or sandpaper so that moisture can reach the seed’s embryo. You can use a small pocketknife or rat-tail file to remove a very small slice or section of seed coat, or line a jar with a sheet of sandpaper, put the seeds inside, screw on the lid, and shake it. Scarify the seeds just before you are ready to plant them.
It is easy to care for seeds planted in pots. Many gardeners recommend planting seeds thickly in a flat or tray and then repotting individual seedlings in large containers. You can eliminate the need for transplanting by starting a few seeds in 2 ¼-inch or larger pots and then thinning them with scissors or planting them all in your garden.
You can prevent seedling disease by using a commercial “soilless” seed-starting mix. Pour most of the mix into a large bowl and moisten it with water, fill the container to ½ inch below the rim, pack the medium down to eliminate air pockets, pour three or four seeds into the pot, and press them down into the soilless mix. Cover them if you expect them to germinate in a few days or weeks. Keep the medium moist by watering from above with a fine mist or pouring water onto a tray and letting the pots soak it up from the bottom.
Place seedlings in pots on south- or east-facing windowsills so they will get plenty of light. If you don’t have enough space, you can put them indoors under fluorescent lights mounted on chains that can be moved up and down. Seedlings will need 12 to 16 hours of artificial light per day.
After the seedlings begin to emerge, use a water-soluble fertilizer weekly to encourage growth. Follow recommendations for indoor plants or container plants.
Before you plant your seedlings outdoors, they need to be “hardened off” to prevent them from being damaged by sun, wind, and harsh weather. Move the seedlings to a shady area shielded from harsh wind. Leave them there for a couple of hours on the first day and for gradually longer periods of time. After about a week, they will be ready to plant in the ground. It is best to plant them on a drizzly, gray day or in the late afternoon. Water the seedlings before and after planting them.