Caring for you marijuana plant should start even when the marijuana is still a seed. Buying a cannabis seed can really cost you some money so you have to make sure that you do not waste what you have bought. The process of germinating your marijuana seeds is an important step of growing a marijuana plant. If done right, this could mean a good start for a healthy cannabis plant. Germinating is just an easy to do process but as easy as it may seem, it is also easy to go wrong which is why it’s important that you know how to do it.
Choosing Good and Healthy Marijuana Seeds
A healthy marijuana seed that is viable is slightly shaped like an oblong, almost like a teardrop that is pointed on one end. The sizes of marijuana seeds vary but are usually about ⅛ of an inch in width and about 3/16 of an inch in length.
Do not choose the seeds that are white or green in color, the seeds with these colors usually won’t germinate. Choose the seeds that are brown to dark brown in color that have some dark stripes around it. Remember that seed that are unusually tiny, soft, greenish, yellow or white in color and are chipped will not likely germinate so avoid getting seeds that have those characteristics.
Step 1: Setting up
The first plate should be lined at the bottom with a few layers of wet tissue, drain the excess water in the plate. Place the seeds on top of the tissue and keep in mind that you should give each seed as much space as you possibly can. Put more layers of wet tissue at the top of the seeds but drain of any excess water. Cover the seeds with the second plate and place it upside down. By doing this, you will give the seeds a dark and moist environment that they need so that they will germinate.
Step 2: Germination
You have to put the plates in a place that is warm, about 21 degrees Celsius but it should not be under direct sunlight. Check the marijuana seeds every day and make sure that the tissues have not dried out. If the tissues are already dry, moisten it by spraying water to it. In just a matter of a few days, some of even all of the seeds will already open and you will the roots coming out. It is not uncommon for cannabis to open after just 72 hours of being placed in germination medium although some seed may take ten to fourteen days to open.
When the first few millimeters of the cannabis’ roots are already visible, each one of them should be transferred carefully into a small container which will be your growing medium with soil, Rock wool or coco fiber.
Step 3: Potting
Make a hole that is twice as deep as the length of your seed in your growing medium, the germinated seeds should be placed two to five millimeters below surface. Put the germinated marijuana seeds, putting the root first to the hole and then cover it with little amount of the growing medium. The soil should just be enough to block direct light but not too much that it will obstruct the emerging of the seedling. It will usually take 24 to 72 hours for the seedlings to emerge after the germinated seeds are planted.