I am going to grow outdoors in 30 gallon smart pots, notill soil, and I am curious about 2 methods of beginning things off that I have been told about:
Germinate in jiffy pellets indoors. When they sprout, transplant immediately to the big 30gal pots outside.
Weeks earlier than method #1 - Germinate in 4" pots indoors. When they sprout, continue growing indoors, under light, until 6-8 inches. Then harden off and transplant to the 30gal pots outside.
Will both of these methods work fine, and if so, is the only benefit of #2 increased plant size in the end? I actually don’t need the plants to be huge, I’ll be very happy with “good” to “very good” yields So the easier the start the better for me.
Personally I like the idea of germinating indoors and establishing good growth indoors because of the ability to better control conditions. So option 2 with the modification I sprout in water with a little hydrogen peroxide.
First of all welcome to the forum. Great bunch with some great knowledge .
I’m with @beardless on this one, indoors to provide the best start then outdoors if that’s your thing. Not a fan of the peat plugs as they’re either too wet or dry out completely. Both methods will work but indoors you have more control
@greenblood I’m new too, welcome. I have one harvest under my belt and seedlings going. I use the wet paper towel between 2 plates method. I’ve only had one dude. Then into a solo cup with a dampened dome. When there are a couple of layers, into the final growing pot. The reason I have used the plates is that I can see when they germinate. Good luck, have fun, be careful!
Well seems #2 is certainly unanimous. Thank you all! I will also check out the paper towel method before planting in the 4" pots.
So am I right in thinking that the easiest way to do this is to buy myself a small propagation tent (at least just big enough to hold my 4 x 4" pots and grow them tall enough for transplant) with a light?
You know… some of the best plants I have ever grown were a seed dropped into a hole 1/2 deep directly into vegetable garden soil, a little water and some patience and BAM! Marijauna plants! It actually works.
You don’t specifically need a tent or really anything to germinate seeds and veg them for a little while. As long as you can keep them warm enough you can but them on a table in the corner if you want. But if a tent makes sense, certainly doesn’t hurt.
I agree with others too, never really liked the peat pellets.
Fair enough, that sounds cool. I just read in a few places to germinate indoors and then grow indoors to 8 inches (roughly) before hardening them off and transplanting to my 30 gallons outside. I just didn’t think you could grow them that tall indoors without some artificial light help. I am very new to this
Hi, I’m a first time grower. I don’t think you mentioned whether your seeds are autoloader or not but that might make a difference in how to germinate. Mine were Northern Lights, Amnesia Haze, and Blueberry…all auto flowers. Growing all three outdoors in 5 gallon buckets. Started all indoors directly in small peat pots and they all germinated in 2 days without pre-soaking or hydrogen peroxide etc. Transplanted all when they had second set of true leaves.
The plants are all 7 weeks old today and doing well but all very different in their development. NL and BB both 4 feet tall. The AH stopped growing vertically at 22" but has more developed flowers so far. The BB was originally a runt…very small but it had a huge growth spurt but is lagging with flower development.
You’re spot on, I did forget to specify. All my seeds are fem’d photoperiod. From my understanding, I could germinate early spring for a longer veg phase = bigger plants, or a bit later for shorter veg phase = smaller plants… but I’m not 100% on that.
The only think I remember reading was that autoflowers don’t like to be transplanted as well as photo period so I was very careful about it. I transplanted mine in the peat pots but carefully removed the bottom not to disturb the roots. One thing I would do differently in my next grow would be not to leave as much room in the top of my buckets but I have occasionally backfilled as necessary.