How many seeds should I germinate

I want 3 different strains in my next grow. Several won’t pop and I like to have several to choose from at transplant time. I’m thinking maybe starting 5 seeds of each. What do you think?


I, personally, grow what I need. I do two or four different strains each grow in my 4x4s.

Usually my germination rate is 100%, so I take a chance some don’t pop. That way, unless I scrog, if I have to pop another seed or two that space in growth, may either catch up, or gives me the extra time I need at harvest and trimming time.

If I could I’d only grow 1 strain as growing from seed will give different phenotypes… This way I could take clones of the best of four. Whereas, with two or four different strains I have less chance of getting a killer phenotype to clone from.


That’s your call; I normally have 100% germination and have had runty seedlings outperform all the others.


Thanks, that really helps. I’ve never tried cloning. I plan to try soon. It doesn’t sound too difficult. I already have some cloning gel. Would I need two tents?


@Dj351 I think you’d need a veg tent… Or at least a clone area and light.
Definitely something you wouldn’t do at flower tent light times or spectrum.

There’s plenty on here for cloning if and when you need it.

Good luck!

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Thanks, I don’t have room for another tent currently. I’ll stick with seeds for now.

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Any tent 4x4 or smaller…. I would germinate one of each and grow just 3 plants.