Planting After Germination
If you use a soil less alternative of germination, you will need to plant the seeds in soil or hydroponic alternative when the taproot is about 1 cm.
Handle with care because the little sprout is very fragile and can easily be damaged.
After germination, don’t touch the roots or the seed. Keep the roots from being exposed to light. Always put the seed root down in the soil or your hydroponic alternative.
If you plan to move your plants to a larger pot when they have grown bigger, consider first planting your seeds in a cup. This way, when you move the young plant, you can simply cut the plastic container around the soil, instead of risking damage to the roots by pulling the plants up from your pot.
Planting in Soil
Make a hole as deep as the seed needs when placed 1-2 cm below the surface, having the length of the sprout in mind while deciding on the actual depth of the hole. Planting the seeds deeper than 1-2cm may take too long for the sprout to come up on the surface, and to not get the light it needs in order to grow.
Much like using the germination alternative of planting seeds into soil, make sure the soil is moist before planting the seed. Water gently after placing the seed, before covering it with soil. Then let the surface of the soil to dry before watering, to prevent drowning the fragile seedling.
There are many soil less alternatives. Some are prepared cubes, with a hole already prepared where you easy can put the seed after the germination stage. Different kinds of these cubes can break down, and they can be used when you plant in soil. Rockwool for ex. will not break down, and must be well cleaned before using, to lower its pH level.
When the seeds have been planted, you can begin the vegetative stage. 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness is the best for the vegetation process. If you keep the plants indoors under the whole growing period, the lights should be placed about 50 – 60 cm above the growing. Alternativs like soil etc etc, raise the plants after they grow to have the distance between lights and plants.
Two Weeks After Germination
Your plants will rise above the soil a couple of days after you have planted your seeds. Don’t panic if it takes longer then a couple of days. Do not try to find the seed, this stresses the plants and maybe even kill your new plants.
If you have planted your seeds in soil, you shouldn’t need to start adding nutrients to the water until around week 3. If you use hydroponic medium, you should begin adding nutrients by week 2.
When you see the first sprout of your plant, you might be wondering what kind of plant you are growing. The first pair of leaves will be round edged. But don’t panic, the next pair of leafs that will grow up will have the edges we identify with cannabis plants. The first leaves will only have one leaf, but the next ones will have 2 or 3, and they will keep on coming more in time.
- Cannabis seeds have many different colours, they with the best chance of germinating are often dark brown. White, green or pale seeds will not always be viable, SGS recommend that you try them all before disposing any.
- Some think that seeds are only viable for germination if they shell is hard, that the seed can’t be crushed between your fingers. This is not always true, thats why you need to start germination with all the seeds. If the seed sprouts, it will grow a plant.
- Sometimes the stem that grows after germination will be white and might look like the root, but it’s often just the early stalk. Don’t turn it around in the medium – give it a little time to grow.
- Cheap quality or unknown seeds are less likely to succeed in the germination stage. Buy your seeds from a trusted dealer, like Scandinavian Grow Show.