12 Tips for Sprouting Cannabis Seeds
Every tiny cannabis seed represents a potential pound of cannabis flower. It’s crazy to think that so much abundance springs forth from such a small thing. If you’re looking to grow cannabis plants this summer, get started now with a visit to KindPeoples’ award-winning Genetics Department, where you can browse hundreds of strains in seed and clone form and pick the perfect plant to grow.
Once you’ve found the plants you’re looking for, getting started with growing cannabis is easy.
Simply follow these basic tips for germinating your seeds and planting them in soil.
- Look for viable, plump seeds with a telltale “tiger stripe” on the side that indicates maturity. Larger seeds tend to yield more vigorous and hardy plants.
The most common reason for lack of germination is overwatering. Don’t let your seeds get too wet or they can drown, and don’t soak for too long or they will begin to rot. If the seeds haven’t sprouted after 48 hours, let them go another day, but after 5 days the seed is most likely dead.
when can i germinate a fresh seed
for my exp. it depends on when you harvested the seeds from the plant, as if they are too immature they wont pop,and say you let the plant bud then pollinate the seeds wont be as high a quality. just from my exp.
also what you germ. technique? and you havnt had issues in the past? take it easy.
what color are the seeds?? are they white and pale, or brown and tiger stripped?? if the later, they should be good to go.. sometimes, you may need to put them in say a matchbox with some light sandpaper in there and give them some shaking to scuff up the seeds before trying to germ them..
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Put your seeds in the fridge,it makes the seeds ready to pop faster but fresh seeds usually take about 2 months untill you get a good germ rate
they vary from lite brown to dark brown and all have dark stripes. and the technique i use to germ is soak in water for a day, then have in a very damp napkin for 3 more days normally the process only takes 3 days for me but i feel like something is wrong
i did the shake technique but didnt seem to work both times i tried..
ill give that a try thanks and i know the seeds need a dry period so the lack of moisture makes it starve of water then when its applied the root pops out looking for a quench
i’d give them some more time.. say a month or so.. i just got some beans from a reputable breeder and had 0/5 germ for me.. i contacted the breeder and he told me that they are a fresh batch, and he will be sending replacements to me.. another person told me that i should give them a month or two before trying the other 5..
has this worked for u?
ill try this and the fridge techique thanks bros
has this worked for u?
ill try this and the fridge techique thanks bros
you do this with most kind of seeds i think. kept mine in an old vitamin bottle wrapped in kitchen towel, still using them now after about 4 1/2 years
yea seeds last a loooong time beleive me
my mom been saving seeds since she was a teen and watayaknow she gave em to me best gift ive ever gotten.. all seeds from the late 60s + the 70s and ill post a pic of it in a sec but 6 of the seeds poped and all were male except 1 and decided to breed it so i had a cross polinated plant from a indica male and sativa female at least from my knowledge of growin cannabis thats wat they were. i smoked the non sensi and its was an intense energetic feeling but then by the next session i was mellow
They need to dry and the fridge bit helps also.
Think of what happens in nature. The plant finishes and dies. The seeds drop to the ground. If they germinated right then, the first frost would kill them. They lay there over the winter and the cold keeps them dormant. With warm weather in the spring and April showers THEN they germinate and start the next cycle.
This is why really fresh seeds won’t germ well.
Myself, I dry in a paper bag in a cool dark place for a month to 6 weeks. Then I put in something airtight like a film can, along with some uncooked rice and put in the fridge for a month or so (winter), until needed. NOT the freezer. If they aren’t totally dry, moisture inside the seed can freeze, causing them to crack and be useless.
You can keep seeds literally for years in the fridge.
In my experience you can pop a seed after about 2 weeks of drying but it takes forever to germinate and can rot. The best results I have had are drying seeds for a few months to a year in an organizer and then placing them into fresh moist starter soil in starter trays. Pop, presto, 3-5 days like magic. Even the lighter non striped seeds germinate fine. If they don’t pop between my fingers they almost always go.
I just joined this forum for exactly this reason. It is damn near impossible to find out anything about germinating fresh seeds. There’s something called a delay enzyme that keeps them from popping too early.
So it seems the general consensus is to let them dry for a month to 6 weeks. Nobody is familiar with a short cut to bypass this enzyme and germinate in 2 weeks? I’m not worried about having high germination rate because I have PLENTY of seeds. Please let me know and thanks for the info.
The ones my friends are trying to germ are Lowryder 2’s. He’s trying to keep a continuous indoor garden going and is ready to start some more plants. You’re saying you were able to germ auto seeds after a couple weeks. What exactly did you do?
Okay, my friend tried to germ his fresh LR2 seeds. He soaked them in water until they sank and put the seeds in pots. After being disappointed a few days later by not seeing any sprouts he just left the pots sitting where they were. Sure enough nearly 2 weeks later the little bastards started popping up. They weren’t even a week off the plant before they were placed in the water. Hope that helps.
So I harvested these few days ago can anyone give me a opinion on how their looking,they look fine to me but I always like a second opinion, they’re sunshine daydream male psychosis female, I can’t wait to try them now,but I’ll give it 6weeks like someone said before I try them
Cannabis Seed isn’t Germinating
Cannabis seeds are very easy to germinate, within a few days after being exposed to water, and warmth, most seeds would have germinated. After a week, if your cannabis seed isn’t germinating, there may be problems. There could be a few reasons why your cannabis seed isn’t germinating, in this guide we will discuss why your seed hasn’t germinated, and ways you can get it started. By the end of the guide, you should be able to pop that stubborn seed, and see signs of your plant growing within a week! Good luck!
Germinating Cannabis seeds
Germinating cannabis seeds is relatively easy, as long as you know what you’re doing. Providing the seed with the optimal conditions will improve your chances of a successful germination, so you waste less seeds. This guide is on what to do when a cannabis seed isn’t germinating. The first thing you can do is make sure you have germinated your cannabis seeds correctly. You can watch this tutorial video from Percys Grow Room. It will tell you everything you need to know about germinating cannabis seeds correctly. If you have used these techniques, and still, you have no success with your seed, then we can move onto other methods. To know what the problem is, it is good to understand possible reasons why a cannabis seed doesn’t germinate.
Why your Cannabis seed isn’t germinating
95% of the time, cannabis seeds will germinate easily, and quickly, just by adding some water, and some warmth. A seed can germinate and show a shoot above ground in just a few days. At the most it should take no longer than a week for a cannabis seed to germinate, and show signs of shoot above the medium, if you do not see a shoot after this long, there may be a problem. There can be a number of reasons why cannabis seed isn’t germinating, let’s explore some of them.
Genetics is half the battle towards a good crop. This can’t be stressed enough, though you can get good plants from random genetics, buying good quality seeds from good seed banks will increase your chances of germination, and a quality end product. Some growers may be tempted to use seeds they found in a bag of cannabis they bought from somewhere. These seeds may not germinate at all, they may be infertile, or if it does grow, it could grow into a hermaphrodite cannabis plant. Improve the chances of your seeds germinating by buying good genetics. You won’t regret it!
Age of the seed
Inside of a cannabis seed there are some stored up nutrients. When a seed gets wet, a small amount of water will make its way inside, and this is a signal for the plant to begin germination. These food stores can become less and less nutritious as time goes on, and if cannabis seeds are not stored correctly, these stores can be used up, without the seed germinating at all. Your seed will need this food store to grow a tap root, and push a shoot above the medium, if it is used up, your seed isn’t viable, and it will not germinate.
The Older a seed is, the harder the outer casing will be. So, if you know your seed is old, you should soak it for a little longer before planting it to soften the shell a little. This will make it easier for the tap root to get out and start to grow.
Incorrect storage methods
If a cannabis seed is stored incorrectly, they will lose viability. To keep cannabis seeds viable for longer, they need to be stored correctly. Incorrect storage is a big factor in germination, and could be the reason why your cannabis seed isn’t germinating. Cool temperature between 5 and 10°c and humidity levels no higher than 25% is a great way to store your cannabis seeds. A dark cool place with very few temperature fluctuations is ideal. A refrigerator is perfect, but do not use refrigerator that you use often. Opening and closing the door will change the environment in the fridge. A stable environment is what a cannabis seed needs. If they have been stored incorrectly, they may not germinate at all. Store your seeds in a light proof container, in the back of the fridge, and your seeds could stay viable for years.
Left underwater for too long
Some growers like to soak their cannabis seeds in water before germinating them. This softens the shell, and prepares the seed for planting. If the shell is soft, the tap root will not have to work so hard to push its way outwards. The seed is placed in a glass of water, and usually, the grower waits until the seed sinks before planting. But this can be a problem. A Cannabis seed needs air to breath, and once the seed has fully submerged it cannot get air any more. This can kill a seed, as it can drown. Do not leave your seeds fully submerged for more than a couple of hours. Once they sink move them into paper towels or your chosen medium.
Planted too deep
Don’t plant seeds too deep! A seedling will only have a certain amount of energy it can use. To make its food, it needs light. Whilst a seed is underground, it will get no light, and without it, the plant cannot photosynthesize and make the food it needs to grow. If you plant your seed too deep, it will not have the energy it needs to break through the surface. Plant cannabis seeds about 1/2″ deep (2-3 cm) and this will give them plenty of room to grow a tap root, and then shoot above the surface. Planting your seed to deep may be the reason why your cannabis seed isn’t germinating
Too much nutrients in the medium
Sometimes, cannabis seed will germinate beneath the medium, and of course, you will not see it. The tap root will grow and come into contact with the medium. If the medium has a lot of food in it, it can severely shock your seedling and it can kill it. When you are germinating cannabis seeds, be light on the nutrients, and if you’re planting into soil, make sure you’re using a potting mix. A potting mix will have less nutrients in it than normal soils, and this can be better for young plant to grow into, before moving them into strong mediums.
What to do when a Cannabis seed isn’t germinating
After you have tried to germinate your cannabis seed, but had no success, you shouldn’t just give up there. There are ways you can still get your cannabis seed to germinate, it may just take a little more work. The main objective is to soften the shell, and provide the tap root with as much help as possible it is emerging from the seed. Sometimes all it takes is a slight break in the shell, and the seed can germinate.
Soak the seed with H²O²
If you’re seeds are old, you may want to do this on the initial soaking, before you try germinate your seeds, but it is also a great method to try and crack stubborn seeds. H²O² will make the water a little more reactive, but only use a few drops in a glass. Hydrogen Peroxide will help soften the shell, making it easier for water to get inside the shell, and for the tap root to emerge.
Add some microbes to the seed
Roots love microbes! If your cannabis seed isn’t germinating, try rolling it in a rooting power and plant it again. When exposed to moisture these powders will begin to grow colonies of friendly bacteria that works in conjunction with the root zone. These can help soften the shell, and produce some nutrients for when the tap root emerges from the seed. If your cannabis seed isn’t germinating, some beneficial bacteria can be very helpful.
Using 2.5ml per cup of water of fulvic acid can also help weaken the shell of your seed and help it germinate. Fulvic acid is an organic acid, that is found in soils, and comes from the decomposition of organic matter. This will help break down the outer shell of your seed, as the organic molecules break down the casing.
Carbonate water has CO°2 dissolved into it. This takes it from being still water to being fizzy. The bubbles in carbonated drinks are formed on nucleation sites. This is where the CO²2 can latch onto a place, and turn into a bubble. The bubbles then form and float up through the water. This makes the water more reactive, and can help soften the shell of your seed if it isn’t germinating.
If none of the above techniques have worked for you, there are some last resorts you can turn to if your cannabis seed isn’t germinating. These are harsh, but they can work, you just have to be gentle. The whole idea of these techniques is to either soften or crack the shell, so water can get into the seed, and the tap root can get out. This can be difficult if the seed is old, or has been stored incorrectly, so we have to give it a helping hand sometimes.
Take some sandpaper, of a very fine grain, and gently scuff at the outer shell of your seed. Now be careful, you’re not trying to removing the whole layer of the seed. Just scuff the surface in a few places, and begin the germination method again. This will weaken areas of the seed, which can now be softened and penetrated by the water. But sometimes this still isn’t enough. You can also use a nail file to scuff the edge of your seed, just make sure its fine grain as you do not want to remove big pieces of shell.
Cracking the shell
The very last case scenario, and your last resort is to actually crack the seed manually. This can be done by holding the seed between your finger and thumb, and using your other hand to pick of a bit of the casing with your thumb nail. By putting a small crack in the seed, you can be sure water will get in, and the germination process should begin. Do not soak the seed for too long, and it may be better to go straight into the medium after you have cracked the seed. Too much water can drown it, and you don’t want to kill your seed after going through all this trouble to germinate it.
Final thoughts on Cannabis seeds that won’t germinate
If your cannabis seed isn’t germinating, then you should just be a little more patient, most of the time, they will pop without any extra help, they just need a couple more days. If you have waited for longer than a week, than you should start using these methods. Buy your seeds from a seed bank with a good reputation, and your seed should germinate first time every time, as long as you germinate them correctly. Thanks for reading! Stay safe, and happy growing More news in Soft Secrets about Preparing your seeds for Spring