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sprouting weed seeds in soil

One way to avoid sexing plants is to buy feminized seeds (more below), which ensures every seed you plant will be a bud-producing female.

What are feminized cannabis seeds?

Also, buying from a reputable breeder or seed bank will give you a sense of what a particular strain will look and smell like, how it will grow, and how much it will yield at harvest.

Pros and cons of using cannabis clones

Cannabis used for hemp production has been selected for other traits, including a low THC content, so as to comply with the 2018 Farm Bill. Consequently, many varieties of hemp produce significant quantities of CBD.

Sprouting weed seeds in soil

Germination is the very first stage of any plant growth. It is when the seed “realizes” that it is in a fertile environment and can start breaking out of its shell. A seedling will break through the shell, resulting in the growth of roots. The fertile environment helps the plant grow and feed off the light, water and nutrients in the environment. In the cannabis world, germination is a very important process. It is very important for the seed to pop out properly. There are different things that cultivators do to ensure that the seed germinates successfully.

How to Germinate Cannabis Seeds

There are different methods that cultivators use to germinate their cannabis seeds. Some use the old school method and germinate their seeds in the soil, while there are some people who germinate them in water. Lastly, you can also find people who germinate their seeds in paper towels. The way of cultivation depends on the cultivator. Let us take a closer look at each of these methods.

Germination of Cannabis Seeds in Soil

If you want your plant to grow faster, germinating your seeds in water will probably be the best way forward. However, even though it is faster, there are things that you need to be careful with. You will have to make sure that the environment is of the optimal condition. Usually, to germinate, cannabis seeds need only a total of 24 to 48 hours. However, cultivators can keep their seeds soaked for a week. This method is faster than the soil method as it provides more moisture. Moisture is a key component in growing the seeds. The hard shell cannot withstand the moisture and it will become easier for the root to break through.

Sprouting weed seeds in soil

Seedling
Two round cotyledon leaves, then two “real” (serrated) single-finger cannabis leaves

One option for growers is to use a tool which has been specifically designed to provide optimal germination conditions like this germination station with heat mat.

When growers start their cannabis seedlings in a germination station, the seeds are usually germinated in a starter seedling cube.

Once your seeds are safely planted, you can turn on your grow light. The heat from the lamp improves germination rates, and the light can help your new cannabis seedlings open their first set of leaves. In fact, the first set of leaves will often stay yellow until they get light.

How to Plant Your Germinated Cannabis Seeds

Generally, pale-green or white seeds will not germinate, but most dark seeds will germinate when given good conditions.

Therefore, do not leave seeds soaking in water for more than 24-32 hours.

With young marijuana seedlings, less is more.

Germination Method 3: Germination Station

If you’ve planted your young plant in a large container, try to give only a little bit of water at a time (enough to wet the area around the seedling roots) until the plant is growing vigorously. Once the plant has grown a few sets of leaves, you should start watering cannabis normally so that water drains out the bottom.

Remember: If grow lights feels too hot to your hand after 10 seconds, they’re too hot for your marijuana seedlings