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starting weed seeds in rockwool

Starting weed seeds in rockwool

Seeds are easy to plant in the 2 inch Rockwool cubes that fit inside the Bootstrap Farmer 32-cell insert tray. These typically have an indentation in the center for the seed or seeds. For smaller seeds, dip a moistened toothpick into your seeds to pick up one or two. Insert the toothpick into the indentation and twist it against the side of the hole to release the seeds.

Rockwool is a sterile, manufactured substrate containing no pests, weed seeds, or diseases making it a common choice for cloning plants in a sterile environment. This also means that it contains no beneficial fungi or nutrients. This is ideal for those wanting to retain full control of their nutrient solution and regimen.

Seed Starting Using Rockwool Cubes

The cubes can then be placed into a tray with holes or one of these mesh tray sets for the rooting period. The mesh tray will allow for easy bottom watering with the 1020 deep tray while the humidity dome will ensure proper moisture levels until roots have formed. Place the entire 1020 on a heat mat with a thermostatand keep between 70℉ and 80℉ until root growth is established.

When cloning in any soilless media it is important to maintain humidity with a humidity dome throughout the rooting process. We recommend using our 6” tall humidity domes to provide growing space and ideal conditions for new seedlings and stem cuttings.

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Pros of growing in Rockwool cubes

Starting weed seeds in rockwool

Pre-sprout your seeds in a moist paper towel and then plant in the rock wool once the spouts are over 1/2" I did this and got 14/20 sprouted from which I had to pick 7 and they are all doing AMAZING.

I don’t know where the paper towel method started, I only know that it has been around far too long. I first learned of it over 30 years ago. It’s hogwash. does it work? Most of the time, but why risk handling a delicate seed and it’s new born tap root when you can simply place the seed in any moist medium and have it germinate? If the seed germinates in a paper towel, which surely can’t sustain the seed, won’t it surely germinate in moist rockwool?

from there go to paper towel all in dark on heating pad at about 80 degrees

once split i transfer to cup with holes in bottom covered with a baggie and rubber band for a little greenhouse effect once soil break i remove plastic once again all heating pad .. i normally use heating pad until first transplant at 3 or 4 weeks old

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I use the paper towel method 100 percent success rate for me, then once the little white tail pops out of the seed, then move the seeds to the 1 inch rock wool with the tail facing down in the hole then lightly put a little piece of rock wool over the hole that the seed is in.

i have a Hydro set up also so i have been starting seedlings in rockwool for years.

seedlings in them you would not have to water for about a week maybe longer.

Serapis

germinate them what ever method you prefer to use,

seedlings in them you would not have to water for about a week maybe longer.

Starting weed seeds in rockwool

If you’re new to growing and are looking for an easy medium to grow in, you can use soil or you can consider using coco coir. Coco provides the quick, robust growth of hydroponics while being somewhat forgiving.

If yours doesn’t, bore one out by gently twisting a wooden skewer about 3/4 down (but don’t push it all the way through.

The Durolux two foot T5 grow light is perfect to fit over a tray of cannabis seeds or clones in rockwool cubes.

Seeds like germinating in warm temperatures, so the main function of the light when you start marijuana seeds in rockwool is to provide some warmth. Using a clear plastic humidity dome provides an optimal environment. Or cover cubes in plastic soda bottles with the bottoms cut off if you’re looking for a free DIY solution.

Can rockwool be reused?

If you check out Amazon you’ll find a bunch of options. Here are a few to consider:

Heat mats allow you to increase the warmth of the growing medium, which speeds up germination for cannabis seeds. They’re generally inexpensive and are a worthwhile investment regardless of whether you’re growing in rockwool, soil, coco coir, or any other medium.

Several companies make special nutrients specifically for germinating seeds, but most hydro nutes mixed at a light dose will work fine. Including a rooting stimulator is ideal to help grow out a strong root system as quickly as possible.

Soak cubes in a rooting rooting stimulant

Go very light, start with a 25% strength mix. Work your way up to 50%. You don’t want to overdo nutrients when germinating in rockwool, the new seedlings’ roots are very delicate.

The proper PH for watering rockwool cubes when trying to germinate cannabis seeds is 5.5. Try to keep the PH of your nutrient solution as close to that as you can. Use PH down (or substitute lemon or lime juice) to lower the PH once you’ve added your nutrients.