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sprouting cannabis seeds in water

Sprouting cannabis seeds in water
Direct germination of cannabis seeds in the soil is a commonly used method. You don’t have to handle the fragile plant, so it is not disturbed in its growth process. However, the chances that the seeds will germinate are lower than when applying the other methods. When using this method, it is important to use good soil. You can inform yourself about the different types of soil at your local grow shop. Maintain an ambient temperature of at least 20 °C, otherwise, the seeds will not or not optimally germinate. Put the cannabis seed about 1 cm deep in the soil. Cover the hole with some soil and gently press. The soil needs to be light so that the plant can easily grow to the surface. Solid soil is hard to penetrate for the roots and will cause a delay. The seeds will germinate under the ground and will come to the surface after 4 to 10 days.

Germination

You bought beautiful Premium Pro Seeds from Suzy Seeds and of course, you want to get started. First, you have to germinate the seeds. Below, I will discuss my favorite way extensively, but also suggest other good methods. Suzy Seeds exclusively sells feminized cannabis seeds, so you don’t need to remove male plants. It’s good to know that a cannabis seed does not need light to germinate. What is important, though, is a humid environment and an ambient temperature of around 20 °C. In general, there are three ways to germinate cannabis seeds: – In a cup of water – On a damp surface – In soil My favorite way to germinate the seeds is to put them in a cup of water and then between a damp paper towel. This goes well in 99% of the cases. That is why I will more extensively describe this first way.

We recommend not to touch the seeds with your hands. If you do anyways, make sure your hands are clean and if possible use plastic gloves.

Suzy’s favourite germinating procedure

Maintain an ambient temperature between 20 and 25 °C, otherwise, the seeds will not or at least not optimally germinate. Fill a cup with water and put the cannabis seeds in it. Get the seeds out of the water after 12 to 24 hours and spread them on a plate between two layers of damp paper towel. Put the plate in a dark and enclosed place. It’s important to make sure that the paper towel remains damp. I moisten the paper towel every 6 to 12 hours. Do not use too much water. The seeds only need to be damp. Within 48 to 72 hours, the seeds should pop open. But be patient, because it can take longer (6 days at the most). When the root becomes visible, you need to plant the seeds. If you do not plant them in due time, the root can be damaged.

Suzy’s Tip: Try your germinating method on a couple of seeds (maximum 3). This way, you can test if your method works well. Often a wrong germinating method is used and the seeds don’t germinate. Do you want to germinate your seeds in a different way? Continue reading.

Germinating cannabis seeds in a cup of water

Maintain an ambient temperature of at least 20 °C, otherwise, the seeds will not or at least not optimally germinate. Fill a cup with water and put the cannabis seeds in it. After 3 to 5 days, the seeds should pop open and a tiny root should come out. As soon as the sprout is 2 to 3 mm, you can carefully get the seeds out of the water and plant them in the soil. Put them 0.5 to 1 cm in the soil with the root down. This way, the root will more easily grow downwards.

Germinating cannabis seeds on a damp surface

Maintain an ambient temperature of at least 20 °C, otherwise, the seeds will not or at least not optimally germinate. Put the cannabis seeds on a surface that holds moisture, like wadding, paper towel or tissues on a saucer. Moisten the surface well, but avoid making it too wet. The moisture evaporates quickly at room temperature, so check during the period that the seeds will germinate if the surface is still damp enough. You can also cover the seeds with damp wadding or tissues and another saucer on top. Because of the moisture that gets into the seeds, they are activated and start to germinate. As soon as the germ is 2 to 3 mm, you can carefully get the seeds out of the water and plant them in the soil. Put them 0.5 to 1 cm in the soil with the root down. This way, the root will more easily grow downwards.

Germinating cannabis seeds in soil/compost

Direct germination of cannabis seeds in the soil is a commonly used method. You don’t have to handle the fragile plant, so it is not disturbed in its growth process. However, the chances that the seeds will germinate are lower than when applying the other methods. When using this method, it is important to use good soil. You can inform yourself about the different types of soil at your local grow shop. Maintain an ambient temperature of at least 20 °C, otherwise, the seeds will not or not optimally germinate. Put the cannabis seed about 1 cm deep in the soil. Cover the hole with some soil and gently press. The soil needs to be light so that the plant can easily grow to the surface. Solid soil is hard to penetrate for the roots and will cause a delay. The seeds will germinate under the ground and will come to the surface after 4 to 10 days.

  • – Be patient, the time it takes to germinate may differ according to the strain.
  • – Make sure that your hands are clean when you touch the seeds.
  • – If you spread the seeds on wadding or tissues, moisten the surface well and keep it moist until the seeds start germinating.


Sprouting cannabis seeds in water
Germinating with this kit is perfect for a beginner grower who wants an optimal germination for his cannabis seeds.

Sprouting Marijuana Seeds

There are several possible ways to germinate Cannabis seeds; here we describe the most important ones. At Royal Queen Seeds, we only sell feminized cannabis seeds, so it’s not necessary to eliminate male plants.

Things to know in brief

  • The ideal temperature is between 22° and 25° Celsius
  • The ideal air humidity is between 70% and 90%
  • The environment must be damp but not wet , because that slow the plant’s growth
  • Fluorescent lighting is the most favourable for germination ( Coolwhite code 33 )
  • Touch the seeds as little as possible with your hands
  • In hydroponic/rockwool plugs, the ideal PH value is 5.8 – 6.2

Germinating with Royal Queen Seeds Easy Start Kit

Germinating with this kit is perfect for a beginner grower who wants an optimal germination for his cannabis seeds.

The Royal Queen Seeds Seedkit contains * :

  • 3 x feminized RQS White Widow seeds
  • 1 x Seed Growing tray with transparent cover
  • 10 x Seed Germination Plugs
  • 1 x Bottle of Royal Queen Seeds Seedbooster (250 ml)
  • 1 x Royal Queen Seeds catalogue
  • 1 x Instruction manual

* You will also need a measuring cup and a stirrer (not included in the Seedkit).

  1. 250 ml of Seedbooster is exactly enough to germinate ten seeds. Pour it into the measuring cup, taking care to use the exact quantity for the number of plugs. For example, if you want to germinate five seeds, only use half the Seedbooster.
  2. Then add 125 ml warm water (for every 125 ml of Seedbooster). Place the germinating plugs in the container and carefully pour the mix over them, so they will directly absorb the nutrients. Wait a few minutes until all dampness is absorbed. Then, making sure your hands are clean, carefully place your seeds about 5 mm deep in germination seeds. Do this extra carefully and make sure you don’t apply too much pressure on the seeds.
  3. Now place the cover on the box, closing it tightly. This helps create the best climate for germinating, and the seeds should grow more quickly. Keep the container in a warm room, at a temperature of about 20°. Wait five days for germination, then turn the cover 180° in order to create a small opening that allows the plants to breathe fresh air.
  4. Make sure there is always plenty of natural or artificial light. You’ll obtain the best results with fluorescent lamps. (Coolwhite – colour code 33 – gives optimal results).

Germinating in a glass of water

  1. Place your seeds in a glass or bowl full of water at a temperature of about 20° Celsius. After 3-5 days you should see some tiny white tips, and the seeds should open. These tips are the beginning of the roots; you can remove your seeds from the water when the roots reach 2-3 mm, using extreme care. Now you can move them to soil, to a hydroponic culture or with any other method you prefer.
  2. Make a small hole (5 – 10 mm) and carefully place the germinated seed in its new environment. It’s important not to use too much water; and always use a squirt gun. Make sure the fluorescent light is very close to the plant; a very common error is keeping the lamp too far from the plant. Germinating in water does not, however, yield the best results possible.

Germinating in wet paper towels

  1. Dampen two layers of paper towels with warm tap water.
  2. Place the cannabis seeds between the two layers and check every day to see if they’re damp enough.
  3. In a few days, the seeds will probably have begun to germinate and can be moved to a different environment, provided the new environment is still very damp and sufficiently illuminated.

Direct soil germination

Germinating directly in soil is a very frequently-used technique; it’s not necessary to re-pot your plants, and the more fragile plants aren’t disturbed during the growth process. For this method, it’s very important to use top-quality soil (enquire at your local grow shop about the different types of soil for vases).

  1. Plant the cannabis seed about 1 cm deep in the soil.
  2. Cover the hole with other soil, without compacting excessively.
  3. The soil must be lightweight, in order to allow the plant to sprout easily.
  4. Roots usually have difficulty penetrating solid soil, which in turn slows the plant’s growth.
  5. The cannabis seeds should germinate below ground and sprout after 4-10 days.

With this method too it’s important to place them in a damp and ventilated environment, at the right temperature.

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