Germinating marijuana seeds is comprised of supplying the seed with moisture. When you’re ready to wake up your seeds you’re going to ponder how to germinate your marijuana seeds. The most important external factors include water, oxygen, temperature, light and proper grow medium.
Internally water is essential. As soon as the seed has absorbed a sufficient amount of water, the seedling begins to form its root system. Once the seed coat is cracked, which can take 2 to 10 days, the germinating seedling requires lots of oxygen for its metabolism. Oxygen is vital for successful germination. When the appropriate conditions are given to the seed for a long enough time the plant will sprout a root. After the root is about a quarter of an inch long, the seed can be placed in an environment where it can grow. Regardless of the cannabis growing method, the first thing you will need to do is learn how to germinate marijuana seeds. There are a few standard ways this is done.
Ways To Germinate Marijuana
Germinating marijuana seeds in water is our personal favorite way to start. Place seeds in a clean cup of water at 72°F, cover with saran wrap, place in a dark place. Check water pH levels. Most municipal water supplies have clean pH neutral water that is very suitable for germination. A small amount of chlorination is beneficial for killing a lot of the parasites in the water. Bottled spring water, without additives or carbonation, is usually a good source of water for germination. Check the seeds about every 12 hours. Usually within 48 hours the seeds swell and split their outer seed casings. DO NOT continue soaking after the white, initial roots are visible at the crack in the seed casings. Soaking the seeds until the roots are exposed can result in stressful, early root damage. The seeds are ready to plant at this point.
Germinating marijuana seeds in the grow medium produces strong plants. Only vigorous seeds sprout quickly. Place the seeds under the surface in the growing medium at approximately the size of the seed. Regularly sprinkle the growth medium with water, but make sure that the grow medium does not become too wet. The seedling uses the spare food present in the seed for growing. Air is very important for its metabolism. So make sure that the soil remains sufficiently airy.
Germinating marijuana seeds in paper towel is not recommended. It’s a very unsanitary technique. Seeds are placed between wet paper towels. Tendencies are for the paper towels to dry out. When the seeds sprout, and the white shoot emerges about a quarter inch, transplant (root down) into your hydroponic garden or soil. Treat very gently, don’t touch or break the root tip.
Germinating Marijuana Temperatures
An average temperature of about 70-75 degrees F will be fine for germinating most seeds strain. But higher temperatures might be necessary to ensure optimal speed and health. Like trying to germinate strains that originated in areas where it is very warm all year long.
If you don’t know where your seed strain originated, try germinating a single seed in an area where the average temperature is 70-75 degrees F. If your seed doesn’t sprout, try germinating another seed at a temperature 5 degrees F higher until you find what temperature works best.