Here we are at the beginning of my Ethos design grow, I have two photos Early lemon berry (which I have grown before) and Cherry gar see ya, added a freebie auto that is Chem x pluto. As usual I will be starting these seeds in the 3 gal plastic pots with dry Miracle grow potting mix
Then I put a half inch hole in the middle and drop in one of the seeds and cover.
Then I use this 16 oz cup of phed water to very slowly pour the water in circles around the seed without disturbing it, so you can imagine the amount of water will pre wet the soil around and below the seed, 3 to 4 inches around and several inches deep.
Now remember that the rest of the pot is dry soil around and below the area the seed will be occupying, and only the soil where the seed needs is wet, and I will not be deep watering for a few days after the seeds pop. Watering this way for two reasons: #1 I can not over water and have soggy soil because there is dry soil surrounding the area I wet today, and I will keep just ahead of the root zone, dampen soil around the drip line or outer edge of the leafs and as deep as the plant is tall every few days until the plant is as wide as the pot and as tall, of course then i will be watering to run off. I teach my girls that their root zone will be flushed with water/nutes every few days depending on size and how damp soil is. I never let soil completely dry out completely, I treat it like coco as it is mostly peat moss, wood chips and vermiculite it breathes fairly well. Reason #2 for watering this way, Miracle grow potting mix is considered a hot soil and I wet just where roots are at the time, activating only the time released NP&K nutes in the small area that is wet not activating nutes in the whole pot, where all the nutes activated at once. I get them use to the nutes a little at a time, I have had two plants did not make it due to the hot soil even though I tried to moderate nutes. So I try to imitate nature in so much as I get seeds out of fridge (winter) get them acclaimed to room temperature (spring) add water and wait, I also put a HLG 100 4000k board above them on 18 on 6 off because I feel the warmth of the light and the light energy helps the germination, could be wrong but I think it works for me. As for now I just use a couple table spoons of water to keep the seed moist not soaked, only if the area the seed is in gets too dry, I keep the seed moist at all times and using these methods I have a 100% germination rate thanks to the weed gods lol. Here is the closet today still got stuff to figure out where to put, but for today my friends I am happy to start my girls on their way. I am going to go through my last grow to list all the people who have followed me and tag them in in a while. Just glad to have a grow up and running Happy growing yall