This simple and cost-effective method is a great way to tell the good genetics from the bad; they will sink or swim, literally. Seeds that remain buoyant on the surface are more than likely of poor quality and are to be discarded. Seeds that sink to the bottom like a botanical cannonball are probably healthy and should be germinated.
A solid way to obtain great seeds is to find a reputable seed bank. These companies pride themselves of their breeding skills and make sure that their customers receive exactly what has been advertised. They have reputations to cater to, so delivering anything less would only harm their image.
The alternative to this is to risk buying seeds from a hobbyist. This isn’t to say that hobby growers cannot produce fantastic genetics, but if you don’t know them or their skills, there’s no way to know whether your seeds will grow.
Conducting The Float Test
Keep in mind that the simple process of packaging and storing cannabis seeds can also affect their appearance. Abrupt changes in humidity, temperature, or light exposure can make some seeds appear darker or lighter than others, but ultimately have no effect on their quality.
We do not recommend taking the size or shape of a seed into consideration as a sign of its quality. Some strains simply produce smaller seeds than others, and sometimes the same plant can produce seeds of different sizes and shapes. Never discard a seed just because it is smaller or of a different shape than another one.
The one true method to test the genetic potential of a seed is to simply put it in the soil. It won’t take too long to see the results. This option is best for the hobby home grower who has time and space to spare for a risky project. Growers cultivating cannabis for commercial use likely don’t have the excess time to invest.
If you are still unsure about the quality of your seeds after analysing their appearance and toughness, it’s time to put your lab coat and goggles on. Well, not quite. This test is extremely easy and only has two possible outcomes. Fill up a drinking glass or glass jar with water (preferably spring or distilled) and place your seeds on the surface.
More commonly, growers use the paper towel method. Dampen a paper towel, ensuring it isn’t soaking wet. Place this on a kitchen plate and put the seeds on top, then put another plate upside-down on top. A moist, dark, warm environment allows the seeds to sprout. Check on the seeds once a day; after germinating, you should see a white taproot emerge.
One way around this is to purchase feminized marijuana seeds. In theory, all seeds in a feminized bunch will be female – unless you buy from a disreputable grower. Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell whether a plant is male or female simply based on the seeds.
Cannabis seeds are surprisingly beautiful. They have a mottled brown appearance with patches of light and dark, and sometimes gorgeous tiger stripes. The seeds are also quite shiny if you view them close enough.
Method #3: The Water Test
After you’ve done this test, you need to germinate the healthy seeds. At this point, they will have absorbed water, which can damage the seed if you don’t germinate it at this point. Incidentally, germination is the final test for your seeds.
Sometimes, you can end up with ‘bad’ cannabis seeds that will cause problems later down the line. In some cases, these seeds just won’t germinate. Although this won’t ruin your entire crop, it is a waste of time and money, which can be frustrating.
The sign of a bad seller is that their seeds are consistently old, dead, and covered in powdery mildew. That said, don’t be too harsh on a seed bank if a couple of their seeds don’t work from time to time when they’re generally reliable.
Add your seeds to the water, and then wait for 1-2 hours. Those that float on the surface are bad seeds that are unlikely to grow, whereas the seeds that sink are probably healthy.
Also, it allows growers to fully ensure that the genetics and characteristics of your desired strain are achieved properly. Apart from the assurance that the terpenoids and cannabinoids are obtained perfectly, it also allows growers to prevent having dud or bad seeds.
This is the most accurate and apparent way to determine if your marijuana seeds are of good or bad quality; allow them to undergo germination regardless. If the seeds did not turn out great despite providing appropriate environmental conditions, therefore you can easily say that the marijuana seeds were lacking in quality.
Seeds That Are Beat-up
However, it does not mean that the darker the color, the better seeds it would be. Too much darkness, which sometimes resembles a dark purple tone, may suggest that seeds underwent dying. When seeds are touched and have powdery dust, you can always be aware that these are powdery mildew.
To ensure that you are not purchasing some bad marijuana seeds, this article will help you identify between a good and bad marijuana seed. It is essential to start cultivating a good seed to assure that there are no unexpected cultivating problems that will soon arise when bad seeds are grown.
This type of seed is a toss-up in genetics. The buds produced by your marijuana plant generate a bag seed that supposedly should not be there, given that you began the cultivation with a good marijuana seed. Therefore, the seeds produced by good marijuana seeds will not always give the assurance of their quality. The genetic makeup of seeds is a lottery process. This simply means that, despite breeding two renowned strains of seeds, you are less likely or more likely to produce the offspring that you expect.