This will be a long question. I got three autoflower AK-47 seeds from ILGM. My eventual plan is to grow them outdoors in Washington, DC where it is legal to grow and use for personal reasons.
I got my three seeds and put them in water for 2.5 days. Then I put them in a damp paper towel for another 12 hours. I read somewhere that you’re good to go if the tap root that comes out is 3 to 5 mm. However, in looking at a lot of other pictures, the tap root looks more like 3-4 cm.
Example of 3-4 cm tap roots:
Here are my tap roots for my 3 seeds when I planted them (note that one shell had cracked but had no visible tap root, but I planted it anyway:
I planted the seeds in an organic seed starting mix in small jiffy pots:
I planted the seeds about 3 mm deep (very shallow) as recommended. I planted them tap root down using tweezers.
I’m a little concerned that after 4.5 days in soil, I see no green stuff (sprouting). I did see that two of the seeds had found their way to the surface. In some of my readings, I saw that sometimes, the shell doesn’t come off and then shell stays attached as the plant goes toward the surface. Having not read that at the time, I gave the seeds a small push downward (still remaining shallow).
I’ve been keeping the soil mostly moist, but not wet. I have a 5700k CFL shining on them all night. This is in my garage, which has the same humidity as the outdoors. Temperature varies between high 60s and high 70s (Fahrenheit)
During the day, it gets pretty hot in the garage, so I bring the plants inside where it’s mostly about 74 degrees in my house but drier because of the air conditioning (it can be 75 to 90 degrees during the day). No picture of this. I put them in a window sill where they can get natural light most of the day.
- I didn’t let the tap root get long enough before planting.
- that I don’t see any plants after 4.5 days.