Starting to look like a proper lady now!
We pick up the Growing Blog from were we left off: germination. As you will recall, Sista Mary decided to use kitchen towel for her seeds to germinate. Once light and water had worked their magic, she planted the seedlings into flowerpots with regular garden soil. This was done with great care so as not to damage the emerging taproots. Two weeks later, these fragile little seedlings have changed almost beyond recognition.
In the first episode of Sista Mary’s Grow Guide, we’ve seen the germination of her Amsterdam Genetics Skyrocket seeds. Now, as their roots dig into the soil, we witness these seedlings take their first baby steps towards full cannabis maturity.
The seed case clings… … and is shed.
Seedlings Child Support Grow Guide
To protect the vulnerable baby plant from cold spring nights, pests, and an overdose of May sunshine, the seedlings were kept indoors for a bit. They got a snug spot on the window sill, allowing them to get used to actual sunlight rather than artificial lighting. After all, these Skyrocket plants are meant to be outdoor crops, so a go-between in the form of window seats is a sensible choice. If you don’t have a safe and sunny spot in your home, artificial lighting by fluorescent tubes will do. Just make sure to alternate about 18 hours of light with 6 hours of darkness or your plants may hit the ceiling before you know it. Still, the window sill gives your seedlings a chance to get used to real sunrays, which is a more natural start.
Weed seedlings have an inbuilt drive to grow towards the light. It allows them to catch all the (sun-)light they can to grow taller. At this stage, watch your little ones closely. If the stem grows too fast, it may become unable to support its own weight as the leaves develop. You don’t want your fragile plants to snap at this point, so if you have any doubts, make sure you give the stems some child support. You can do this by carefully using your fingers to prop them up with a small mound of soil. Another option is using a length of wire or a small stick, but these may be tricky to remove later on. Whatever you do, give your girls some guidance if they need it as they take their first baby steps towards maturity.
First leaves reaching for the sun.
Grow Guide 2: On With The Seedlings!
Stick around for the next episode of Sista Mary’s Growing Guide. You’ll find more useful tips and grower’s insights as Theresa, Hilda and Caroline soak up some sunshine outside!
Of course, after their germination‘s ‘moment of birth’, these three little ladies had to be given proper names. Sista Mary decided on Theresa, Hilda, and Caroline – say hello to the THC Sistaz! Out on the window sill, the little darlings made good progress. The images show how the seed cases were shed, making room for the first tiny leaves to emerge. A few days later, they were followed by the first leaves featuring the tell-tale serrated shape of cannabis foliage.
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.
Preparing to germinate cannabis seeds
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 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.
Be sure to check your seed packet to see how long it should take your seeds to germinate. If no seedling has appeared by a few days later than expected, sow some new seeds.
Your seedlings will be healthier and more sturdy if air is flowing above and around them. A fan can be used – we recommend putting it on a timer, just like your grow lights.
Self-watering seed starting kits use capillary mats, but be sure to check the water levels on those as well.
5. Room to Grow
Check out our latest tutorial video below about what to do with your seeds after they have started to germinate (when they’ve started to grow). Then keep scrolling for some tips and links to help you out! If you missed the first video on How to Successfully Start Seeds, be sure to check that out first, as it will get you started on growing a great garden – whatever your skill level.
If you’re reusing pots, be sure you wash them well before you use them.
Water from below, not above, to ensure that you don’t squash the seedlings. Make sure your seedlings aren’t sitting in water, or you’ll have issues with rotting, fungus, and soil gnats.
After transplanting, be sure to still water your seedling from below.