When a seed enters an environment with enough moisture, it will increase in size and slowly break out of its shell. A seedling or germ forms from which roots will emerge, helping the baby plant absorb nutrients from the soil. Seeds naturally develop roots facing down and stems stretching upward, allowing the young cannabis plant to simultaneously feed off light and earth.
The seeds should start sprouting in about two days, though older seeds can take up to a week to sprout. You can remove them from the water and place them in the soil at any point once they’ve sprouted. Once the roots are about five millimeters long, they need to be planted.
Germination is the process that brings a cannabis seed out of its hibernation period and starts the cannabis growth process. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Soil is an easy, more natural method with which to germinate your cannabis seeds. The soil protects the fragile roots from any interference, and soil is, after all, where a cannabis plant would grow in the wild.
The best germination method depends on the cultivator’s choice. Here are some of the most common ways to pop your cannabis seeds.
I’m a first-time grower in western New York State that decided to take a chance and throw a couple of seeds in this flower pot I had sitting around. I was late getting a start because it was mid-July when I gave the experiment a try. Now I have these two plants and I realize that I need to transplant one into its own pot. These plants and this container have sat on my deck the entire time.
On a sunny day, they receive at least 9 hours of direct sunlight before the shade of my trees takes over the deck. I haven’t started any type of feeding regiment other than watering daily. At this point, other than the transplanting, I was wondering where I should go from here. I’m also looking to start a small grow space in a closet in my basement and was unsure about my needs. Plus, if these two plants could be moved to the indoor space, and what effects would they bring. — WNYsmokeybear
The dimple should be about a couple of centimeters deep. If you are using a pencil, an easy way to measure is by making the tiny hole erasure-deep. Like any plant, you do not want to plant the weed seed too far in the growing medium.
Some cannabis growers may fill the cup about halfway before planting the young seedling. Adding more can be beneficial for the root system. Continue putting soil in the pot until you reach about 1 cm below the edge of the container. You can press the growing medium down lightly, but do not compact it. When you have the amount you need, you can move to the next step.
Step 2 — Make a Small Dimple
You can place the pot by the window sill or under a light. Wait a few days, and you will see the plant emerge from the soil.
Some people intend to grow cannabis plants indoors, and others want to do it outside. Below is a guide on how to plant weed seeds, which works for both methods. Follow these easy steps, and you will end up with quality cannabis plants.
The final step of the planting stage is one of the quickest ones to do. All you need to do is cover the cannabis seed with a thin layer of soil. About a couple of millimeters should do the trick. The thin layer is enough to block out the grow lights or sun while giving the seedling room to grow.