I’m having germination issues with some ILGM White Widow Fem Auto seeds I got recently. Maybe y’all can help. I took advantage of the ‘buy 10, get 10 free’ sale ILGM has been offering on these seeds and I also got 10 Amnesia Haze Fem Auto seeds. I attempted to pop 5 of the WW and 4 of the Amnesia Haze and ALL of the AH seeds popped but only ONE of the WW seeds popped.
Method: I put seeds in distilled water in a closet on top of a cable box. After 48hrs, all of them had cracked but the AH seeds had root tips barely protruding and the WW only had one seed with a slightly protruding root tip. I transferred them to moistened (distilled water) paper towel between 2 plates on the same cable box. At 72hrs the AH seeds had nice tap roots started and so did that single WW seed. One additional WW seed had sprouted a longer root. I planted all the seeds into FF Light Warrior seed starting soil at a depth of 3/8”. All the seeds with good roots broke ground within 48hrs of going into the soil but the other seeds never appeared, despite being kept moist, just like the others. Unfortunately, one of the 2 WW seeds that germinated died after a bean (from the tree shading it) fell onto it and broke it - my best one, of course!
Today, the AH seedlings all look healthy (see picture) but the the single remaining WW looks really stunted and crappy. I’m babying it, hoping it’ll perk up; but I don’t know if it will. I’ll post a picture of it as well. It’s been in the upper 90’s here so I think that may be hampering the growth of the seedlings some, but I’m not sure.
I don’t know if this is a matter of me doing something wrong but the fact that there’s such a difference between the 2 strains makes me suspect the ILGM seeds. 3 seeds never even sprouting seems like a problem for $10.90 seeds. What do y’all think?
Just in case, I went out and bought a 4’ 4-bulb T5 fixture with AgroLife 6500k veg bulbs and some Root Riot starter cubes and I’m waiting on a warming mat with a thermostat. I don’t want to start any more of my remaining seeds until I have all these advanced seed starting tools - to insure that the problem isn’t with my method. I’ve written to ILGM to ask them about all this, but I wanted to ask the community for help. Did I do something wrong or would you suspect something is up with the White Widow seed stock?