- Growing Cannabis
by Kathy Rasmussens
Cannabis Seeds – How to Get Started – Step 1: Germinate
Germination is the first stage of plant growth when you’re starting from a seed — essentially, it’s seed starting. During germination, the seed absorbs water through its seed coat. Once it starts receiving moisture, growth begins to occur inside the seed.
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As growth continues, the seed slowly opens as the embryonic root, also known as the radicle root, begins to emerge. Once the radicle root has sprouted from the seed, it’s time to transplant it into your grow medium.
Requirements For Germination
In order to germinate, your seeds need the right conditions and proper temperature. During germination, seeds need to be in a dark, warm, moist climate. Aim for a seed germination temperature between 74 – 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
It’s also a good idea to only germinate a few of your seeds at a time, especially if you’re a beginner. This way, you’ll get some experience and be able to experiment with germinating and grow methods to find out what works best for you.
How To Germinate Seeds
Paper Towel Germination
One of the most popular ways to germinate seeds is the paper towel method. You just need paper towel and 2 plates.
- Dampen one of the paper towels and set it on one of the plates. The paper towel should be completely wet, but not dripping wet.
- Place the seeds onto the damp paper towel. Don’t crowd the seeds together — spread them around the paper towel and leave plenty of room between them.
- Place a moist paper towel on top of the seeds. Gently press the paper towel down on top of the seeds to ensure they are completely enclosed between the paper towels.
- Place the second plate upside down over the seeds in a clamshell-like fashion. This will provide the dark environment your seeds need to germinate.
Check on the seeds every day to monitor their progress and ensure they don’t run out of moisture. If the paper towels start to dry out, dampen them again with a spray bottle.
Germination time can vary, but generally the seeds should open up within a few days of starting the germination process. Once the radicle roots have emerged and grown to a few millimeters in length, you’ll be ready to transfer your seedlings into the grow medium.
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Using The Right Nutrients And Water Supply
It’s important to remember that seedlings are sensitive to nutrients, so you want to make sure that you’re introducing the proper amounts and types of nutrients at the correct time in the plants’ life cycle.
It’s also critical that you provide the plants with water that is pH balanced. If the pH of the water is too high or too low, you could encounter problems with your plants down the road.
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