Germination – can it be done without heating?
Hey team. So the first grow I did, I grew from a clone, not seeds. Now it’s rolling close to harvest time so I ordered seeds online for my next attempt.
I’ve been taking a class at my university on growing herbs and the like, and everything I’ve learned in class says that for seeds to germinate, they need some sort of mild heat source. However, I have no such device to use for my plant. I’ve read elsewhere and heard firsthand experiences that say this heat isn’t really necessary. What say you, r/microgrowery? How do you do your germinations?
no heat source needed. take a small glass with a little room temp water in it.. drop in your seeds put it in your kitchen cabinet. come back 2 days later and bang! you have a germinated seed. plant it shallow with the root facing down and the seed facing up.
It doesn’t matter which way u put the tap root, do the seeds have someone Turning them the right way in nature? No, the taproot will grow down and the seedling will push up
I collected 5 seeds from bags. I just put them in pots of potting compost and watered them lightly then left them (outside, summer) and they all germinated.
What a lot of people seem to forget is that this plant is a weed. It does not need perfect, or even particularly favourable conditions to grow in.
All of the science that gets put into this is for increasing the yield. If you just grow it like you’d grow any plant* you will end up with smokable bud, it just won’t be anywhere near the quality of the stuff you can grow by putting a little science into it. And of course the law of diminishing returns applies; the closer to the top you get, the less improvement each step up gives.
Source: two friends who have >60Yrs growing experience in every condition imaginable between them, and who helped me greatly with setting up my own (tiny & ghetto) grow.
How to Store Cannabis Seeds Over Winter
A lot of the many inquiries from new growers are often related to cannabis seeds. How can they be safely stored? How long will it last when stored properly? Will they be able to retain the exact same qualities as brand new seeds? The moment you have your cannabis seeds stored properly and know exactly how to store cannabis seeds, you will find them to still have a full life after 5-10 years.
When stored properly, you can grow cannabis plants with decade-old cannabis seeds. Many growers even grow high-quality cannabis plants with seeds as old as 10 years and more. There are however some basic considerations to make, like always store the seeds in a very cool, dark, and moisture-free area, and never let them near direct sunlight.
With the proper storage of cannabis seeds, they can be used and continue to be viable for 5 to 10 years. Seed storage done the right way is crucial for a lot of reasons. Someone who just created their very own, high-quality cannabis genetics, should want to keep the seeds stored properly to be able to reproduce them later on.
People who live in regions of the world where there are widespread cannabis movements and reforms are stockpiling high-grade seeds of their cannabis strains to grow later on when it has become legal and allowed. Regardless of your reason for having the cannabis seeds, take note that you have to take care of them as it is one of the most vital steps to do with your harvest.
The cannabis seeds must be stored anywhere dark, and cold. Regardless of whether you store your seeds in a refrigerator, freezer, or cabinet, it is important to leave them there up to the time that they germinate. The rapid changes in temperatures can destroy the genetic makeup of the seeds.
Moreover, seeds must never be exposed in direct sunlight and must always be left in the dark, and dry area. Too much humidity and light can lead to its untimely germination. Basically, 9% or less humidity is highly recommended.
If you need to store the seeds for just a couple of months, the cannabis seed can be stored in a ziplock bag. For long term storing, you can use a vacuum-sealed packing to safely store them. Many expert seed growers prefer to add a food-grade desiccant to their seeds.
As mentioned, the cannabis seeds will need cold temperatures to retain its essence. It can do well with refrigeration or freezing. But, when keeping seeds in a fridge, you have to place them as far back as possible so they would not be exposed to any temperature changes when the door is opened from time to time.
It is very crucial to note that when you freeze seeds, each time you thaw them and refreeze, they can be less viable for future use. Both refrigeration and freezing can lead to too much moisture and so that is one that needs to be closely monitored.
Whenever cannabis seeds are stored properly, many growers find that many of their seeds are still viable and full of life even after 5-10 years have passed. Many growers have grown high-quality cannabis with seeds that are 10-years old. There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to cannabis seeds, just like any living thing that needs tender loving care.
The female cannabis plant can take a bit longer than males to show initial signs after being changed over to flowering. The female plant can start to show 1-2 wispy white hairs where the buds are visible and start to form. They often show up where the main stem is connected to its individual nodes.
When a female plant is stored in a vegetative stage very long, then it will reveal the first signs of female hairs even as you move the plant into the flowering stage by varying the lighting times. Whenever you begin to see wispy white hairs becoming visible in your plant, then it is a confirmation that you have grown a female plant from female cannabis seeds.
The male plant possesses a grape-like a ball which would form and fill up with pollens. The balls will initially show up a week or two after changing the plant to the flowering stage. When the male is allowed to grow continuously, the pollen sacs will later burst open and spill its pollen everywhere. The male pre-flowering stage consists of the yet to mature pollen sacs. Whenever the plant begins to flower, they will later on grow and become a clump that appears much like a bunch of grapes.
Oftentimes, it will take a day or more for the female preflower to reveal its first pistil, and the female calyx can seem like a pollen sac at first. Basically, the more pointed ones are female, and you have to wait to see some more flowers to show up to confirm this.
Is it possible to grow outdoors in winter?
Hey MG. I’ve finally gathered enough supplies for an outdoor grow now that it’s too late in the season without grow lights :(. I live in Florida, so it doesn’t get too cold down here in the winter, would it be possible for me to start any plants outdoors during winter? Thanks
It will not work. Rather, it will kinda work, just not well.
You’ll have small plants that try to flower from the start due to the less than 12 hrs daylight they will see. If you supplement light to get over 12 hrs per day, they will veg properly.
If you really want to do it, do it in a greenhouse with supplemental lighting.
This is exactly what I am doing. I have a large greenhouse with power, ventilation, and heat. I’m running two plants that have natural light, and supplemental flourescents that kick on in the evening for an extra 3-4 hrs of light. I plan to grow the two plants in veg until early spring; then I will clone the better one, let it recover, then stop the supplemental light and let the large mother plants go until mid summer. The clones I will grow out for a late summer crop!
Yes it will work, but they will go in to flower right away. Today at Cape Canaveral, 10:28:30 worth of sunlight time will occur. On March 16 there will be 12:00:12 of sunlight.
But do keep in mind that you will never get more than 14 hours of light in Florida. For the most part, any cannabis you plant will go into flower almost right away unless it’s an equatorial sativa strain.
I recommend planting now and see what happens. It will be a lower harvest, but who cares. Free/ cheap smoke. Replant in March.