A customer has a question and I hope we can get some opinions on it, thanks
Hello; I ordered the above referenced seeds (beginners feminized seed pack, 3x5 seeds) several months ago. I first tried to sprout 3 ‘bubble gum’ seeds, using rapid rooter medium; moistened, in a seed starting tray with a plastic top, sitting on a seed-starting heated pad, keeping them moistened daily under a bank of 8 100watt cfl lights, approximately 5 inches above the tray. After a week, although there was no sign of sprouting, I removed the transparent top of the tray and just kept the medium moist with the application of water (deionized, with a pH of approx 6.0). I waited for 3 weeks (patience is a virtue, right? )but none of them sprouted. I next tried three of the’ white widow’ strain, but this time I soaked the seeds for 24 hours before transferring them to the sprouting/growing medium. Again, no sprouts after almost 3 weeks. As of today, I am attempting to sprout 3 ‘AK47’ seeds by soaking in water until I see tails. I am a fairly successful gardener in other respects, although I am more accustomed to seeding directly into the soil outdoors when weather is appropriate (things like tomatoes, squash, annual flowering plants) - but obviously, I’m not willing to try growing this particular crop outdoors. My grow space is an unused bathroom, about 8ft x 10ft, inside the tub area with a space heater on the floor (outside the tub) to keep ambient temperatures between 75 and 85 F. There is some air exchange through a floor vent for ac/heating (forced air type) and a fan in the ceiling, though both have remained unused, the space is by no means airtight. I have kept the bank of lights on 24/7 and had intended to do so until the flowering phase. What could be wrong with my set up? I have sprouted seeds (flowers and vegetables)before and had trouble hardening them off to transfer outdoors. For that reason I just sow directly into my gardens. I never imagined that something nicknamed a ‘weed’ just wouldn’t sprout! Any advice is much appreciated.