Are you trying to grow Cannabis seeds? Well, here are some useful tips to help them grow and germinate successfully.
1. Don’t Let The Germination Medium Dry Out
First, you need to place the seeds in a culture medium that has the right humidity and temperature before you start a series of reactions leading to germination in a few days. Depending on the substrate you use for germination, make sure it never dries out completely. That’s because the seed will stop absorbing moisture thereby stop germinating.
You need to check every day to make sure the medium is always moist. If you use a heat source to increase the temperature and improve germination, it might cause the substrate to dry up faster. Therefore, you need to check on it regularly to make it moist and avoid drying up. If you are using hydroponic cultivation, you should grow the cannabis seeds in rock wool cubes that must always remain wet or moist.
2. Don’t Leave The Seeds To Germinate For Too Long
Most cannabis growers make this mistake, especially when using kitchen paper or other growing mediums. If you let the seeds germinate until the cotyledons appear then you will have a hard time with transplantation. Eventually, you might end up damaging the root during transplantation.
Remember, if the root is exposed to air and light for too long, it will end up being damaged. Therefore, you need to start transplanting before this happens. Therefore, you can avoid this when the taproots are about 1-2cm in length. It’s easier to transplant at this time and you will not damage the roots. As such, after transplantation, they can grow into the new medium without any limitations.
3. Avoid Direct Germination In Soil
Direct germination in the soil will often result in non-germination. If you do this when the substrate hasn’t been watered previously before sowing the seed but you water afterward, there will be no germination. Once the seed is planted directly into the substrate, there is a risk of burying it too deep. It will make things worse if you irrigate the medium after sowing.
For the best results, use kitchen paper when growing the cannabis seeds. You can also use peat plugs or jiffy pellets for rooting cutting before transplanting them into the soil or a pot once the small seedlings have germinated. Another benefit is that you can grow many seeds in a small space such as a greenhouse. It’s the best way to ensure the best humidity and temperature.
4. The Best Temperature And Humidity For Germination
Cannabis seeds will grow well in a relatively high temperature and humidity. During some seasons of the year, you can use heat sources to keep the temperature at 26 to 28 degrees Celsius. You can rely on heated greenhouses or thermal cables for the best results. Heated greenhouses are ideal because they also provide the best humidity for seed germination.
It’s ideal to keep the germination medium at about 26 to 28 degrees Celsius. The humidity should be maintained at 70% relative humidity. If you go any lower, there will be less successful germination. Higher values will result in fungal or rot problems.
5. Avoid Planting The Seeds Incorrectly
Cannabis seeds are usually oval in shape. They end in a point at one end and form a small crater at the other end usually known as the crown. When planting your seed, whether in a jiffy or a kitchen towel, make sure that it is always supposed to face upwards.
Therefore, the seed should be planted with the tip facing downwards and the crown at the top facing upwards. Once the seeds germinate the crown begins a hinge so the seed and the tip bring out the root. Once you plant the seed incorrectly, the taproot grows upwards while the seedling grows downwards. Make sure you avoid this at all costs since the seedling will not germinate.
6. Planting The Seed At Incorrect Depth
In most cases, you might plant the seed at the wrong depth such that the seedling will never germinate. On the other hand, if you plant the seedling close to the surface, it will germinate but the stem might be too weak. As a result, it might start bending thereby preventing the seedling from developing correctly.
The best depth is about 2cm if you want to avoid shallow or deep planting. Also, you can cover the lower stem as the seedling starts growing to allow it to gain stability. It should also produce new roots along the length of the stem depending on the depth. It’s a sure way of accelerating the growth of cannabis plants.
7. Avoid Planting Several Seeds In The Same Pot
Yes, it might be tempting to grow several cannabis seeds in the same container but it’s not a good idea. There will be some type of difficulty growing the seedlings correctly in the same container. On the other hand, when they germinate, they will start competing for the little space available to grow roots.
With restricted root growth, the cannabis plants will not grow successfully. They are likely going to be weak and have a large internodal distance. Therefore, it’s always a great idea to use different containers for different plants for the best results. Remember, with very little space, the plants will also start competing for the available light.
If you want to get the most out of each cannabis plant, you need to avoid planting a lot of seeds in the same container. If they are too crowded, they will have very little lateral branching and the growth will be centered on a weak main stem. All these factors will definitely have a negative effect on the final yield of the cannabis buds and impact on the amount you have for smoking or other cannabis uses. Get as many containers as possible to allow strong roots to give the plants enough space for proper root growth and light.
You must be excited to grow your own cannabis plants. However, if you make any of these mistakes with the seedlings, you will not yield anything. Do your research online or get information from other successful cannabis growers if you want to have a successful cannabis crop. Remember, if you don’t follow the temperature and humidity requirements, your crops will end up not being fruitful. With these tips, you can enjoy a great and successful cannabis crop without any hassles.
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