I’ve gotten marijuana seeds from three different Dutch companies and set up my garden, but I’m kind of confused. One company suggests that I should soak the seed for a full day in water to improve germination and then place them in planting mix or block a half inch deep. Another company tells me to fold a paper towel into quarters, get it wet, put the marijuana seeds on it, and then fold it over them. They also suggest that I should place a piece of plastic or a plate over the paper towel to maintain moisture. As soon as the plant sprouts, they tell me to place it in a half inch deep medium with tweezers.
Both methods are effective, but I prefer to place the marijuana seed directly in the planting medium without soaking them in water. Sometimes I’ll soak the seeds in a 0.5% hydrogen peroxide solution for a day and then plant it. I’m not fond of messing with emerging plants.
As soon as the seed is in the medium, it orients itself and starts interacting with the environment. If you put it in a paper towel first, the seed isn’t oriented like it would be in the medium, and clumsy hands might end up damaging the seed during the transfer. In addition, you have to make sure you keep an eye on the seeds throughout the day to catch them at the optimal planting stage. If you like to do anything besides watching marijuana seeds grow, then this method won’t be convenient.
The most effective way to make sure you have a successful germination is to provide an environment that is free of contamination. The planting medium needs to be new, sterile, and fine-grained, and the water needs to be fresh. You can infuse the water with SuperThrive or Hormex to help promote root growth with vitamins and plant stimulants.
Once the seedlings emerge, water them carefully with room temperature water and a diluted flowering formula like 10-30-20. The high levels of potassium (K) in the formula will encourage root growth. The major dangers for any seedling are inadequate light and the occurrence of fungi or bacteria. Seedlings that are stretched out and grow thin, unsupportive stems are generally good indicators of inadequate light. Marijuanaplants need intense light to thrive because it encourages sturdy stem growth. Fungi and bacteria are also more likely to appear if the plants have been kept too cold and without a lot of light.
If your seedlings are already stretched out, try supporting them with wooden cooking skewers and twist-ties while also increasing light intensity. Any new growth will reflect the environmental changes. In about a week or two, the thin portion of the stem can then be put into the planting medium. Once it has grown five sets of true leaves, you can move the seedling to a larger container.