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Growing weed from a seed indoor
There are basically two different techniques that are commonly used to germinate cannabis seeds.

Rookie Guide: 3 Steps to Master the Seedling Stage

Mastering the delicate seedling stage is crucial to grow strong and healthy cannabis plants. Read this blog for further information on how to cultivate cannabis from seed to seedling.

CONTAINER AND GROWING MEDIUM

Before germinating our cannabis seeds, we make up our mind about containers and soil, assuming most rookies prefer soil due to simplicity. At this point, we already need to differentiate between autoflowering – and feminized/regular seeds.

A. POTS FOR AUTOFLOWERING SEEDS

Growers of autoflowering varieties will get best results when they plant the seed directly into the final pot, and need to pay very close attention to seedlings for the first three weeks. Mistakes in the vegetation period of autoflowering strains have fatal consequences, meaning low yields. Depending on the strain and growing method, pot sizes ranging from 5-15 liter can be used. The size of the pot will have an influence on the size of your plants, on yields, and on the frequency you water your plants. Tip: Airpots allow more oxygen to get to the root system and will boost vitality and final yields.

B. POTS FOR FEMINIZED SEEDS

Feminized- and regular cannabis varieties give growers the possibility do decide when the vegetation period ends, and the flowering period starts. This is why transplanting “feminized” seedlings is not such a big concern, in contrast to autoflowering strains. When a few days are lost due to stress recovery of the plant, growers simply increase the time-span of the vegetation period and compensates the loss of growth. Internet forums and grow reports can help to get you an idea what works best in terms of pot size(s) matching your setup.

C. GROWING MEDIUM

High quality organic soil that is “light” when it comes to pre-added nutrition works best.

GERMINATION TECHNIQUES

There are basically two different techniques that are commonly used to germinate cannabis seeds.

A. THE WET PAPER TOWEL METHOD

Carefully place your cannabis seeds between wet paper towels and place them in a sealable plastic container. Aim for high humidity levels inside the container, temperatures between 20-25 °C, and moist, but not overly wet paper towels. Check moisture and humidity levels regularly. Don’t completely close the container and allow some air exchange. This happens at a dark place.

B. GERMINATING SEEDS IN WATER

Simply drop your seeds into a glass of drinking water and wait 24-48 hours until seeds have cracked. Wait until you see the first few millimeters of the root, and make sure water temperatures are between 20-25 °C. Place your cup somewhere light doesn’t reach it.

ENVIRONMENT: LIGHT, HUMIDITY AND WATERING

After seeds have germinated, it’s time to plant them into the pots. Plant the seeds just 3-5 millimeters below the surface of the earth, ideally with the tiny root facing downwards. This can help to avoid time-loss and seeds don’t have to figure out how gravity works.

A. LIGHT

It’s not necessary to use your powerful HPS or LED the first 10-14 days. CFL’s with a blue light spectrum (daylight/coolwhite) will get you very good results. Either built your own light fixture using T5/T8 sockets or buy 23-30W CFL’s with the standard European E27 lamp socket. Compare different bulbs and choose the ones with highest lumen output.

B. HUMIDITY

Aim for humidity levels of approximately 70%. Small propagators can be an option if you start in very small containers but autoflowering growers planting in final pots need to monitor, and eventually raise, the humidity inside the grow room.

C. WATERING

This is by far the most important part when growing seedlings, and cannabis in general. Don’t overwater your plants due to overly high levels of affection for your cannabis plant! The root system has no motivation to grow if it’s constantly flooded with water. You need to find your individual rhythm or cycle between wet and dry. This will come over time and your seedlings will thrive if you pay close attention to watering. Remember, less is sometimes more!

Growing weed from a seed indoor
There can be a significant loss of seeds, as weather changes and moisture fluctuation will affect the sprouting process. Maintaining even moisture and warmth is essential. Some people have success by inserting the pot or seed tray into a plastic bag with a few small holes poked into the top and sprout their seeds in a warm sunny spot, opening the bag once sprouted to prevent cooking the plant.

Best way to germinate cannabis seeds

Germinating your cannabis seeds is one of the most thrilling and yet intimidating stages for the new grower. Let’s examine the options for germination.

THE WET PAPER TOWEL METHOD

This method starts your plants with a major setback, and most times is a waste of time and energy. That tiny sprouted root is covered with microscopic filaments that are easily damaged.

DIRECT SOIL PLANTING

There can be a significant loss of seeds, as weather changes and moisture fluctuation will affect the sprouting process. Maintaining even moisture and warmth is essential. Some people have success by inserting the pot or seed tray into a plastic bag with a few small holes poked into the top and sprout their seeds in a warm sunny spot, opening the bag once sprouted to prevent cooking the plant.

ROYAL QUEEN SEED STARTING KIT

Our seed starting kits simplify the germination process and provide your plants the best beginning for a healthy growing season and a bountiful harvest.

The Royal Queen Propagator Pro Starter Kit provides everything that you need to germinate your seeds and get your plants off to a healthy start. This kit provides a propagating container that will help you maintain essential warmth and humidity as your sprouts germinate and begin their life journey. We even include three White Widow Automatic seeds to get you started. The kit includes:

  • EASY START pots with a water reservoir to help maintain even moisture. The seed sprouting tray will hold up to 20 seeds.
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THE STARTER KIT provides the Bacto seed germinating enzyme, seed sprouting tray, and the water reservoir. You will need to provide the seeds and pearlite along with a propagator.

  • Gently remove the foil from the back of the seed packet. Don’t risk damaging your seeds by pushing them through the foil. Set the seeds in a dry container, and then set them as >

If you still have any troubles germinating your cannabis seeds, please check our Grow guide about: Why don’t my cannabis seeds germinate?

Starting cannabis seeds can be the most nerve-wracking part of the whole cultivation process; but we’re taking all the guesswork out of it with our new Starters Kit.

Starting cannabis seeds can be the most nerve-wracking part of the whole cultivation process; but we’re taking all the guesswork out of it with our new Starter Kit.