Make sure the area the seeds are in is warm, somewhere between 70-85°F.
If you’re ready for a more serious approach, make sure you have the space for a proper garden and pop the seeds to see what fruit they bear.
Viable or not, there’s only one sure way to find out if a bagseed will grow. If you’re simply curious to learn and not as concerned with the overall outcome, you can plant a couple of bagseeds outside and see what happens.
Sexing marijuana plants can be a time-consuming process, and if you don’t catch males, there is a risk that even one males can pollinate your entire crop, causing all of your female weed plants to produce seeds.
Cannabis plant sex organs appear on nodes, the points where branches grow off from the main stalk.
Another drawback to clones is they can take on negative traits from the mother plant as well. If the mother has a disease, attracts pests, or grows weak branches, its clones will probably have the same issues.
Some varieties of cannabis can produce male parts alongside female flowers on the same plant, especially if exposed to environmental stressors. These plants are known as hermaphrodites, and sometimes they can self-pollinate to create seeds.
Lastly, cover everything with the second plate, upside down, to form a ‘clam-shell’ shape – this will create the dark, moist environment necessary for germination.
Place another few layers of moist tissue on top of the seeds, again allowing excess water to drain off.
Step 2. Germination – How to germinate cannabis seeds
Check the seeds every day to ensure that the tissue does not dry out. Spray the tissues with water if necessary.
Seeds should be placed on top of the tissue, allowing each seed as much space as possible.
When the first few millimetres of root have emerged from a germinated seed, each one should then be carefully transferred to a small container of growing medium (soil, coco-fibre or rockwool).
Without supplemental heat, you might have spotty pepper germination. Over the years I’ve had the best success with using either a seedling heat mat underneath newly planted seeds or an electric soil warming cable buried in the soil of the tray. (Read more about the cable here.)
There are a few simple tricks you can incorporate into your seed starting process that will help you increase your success rate and avoid seed starting disappointments.
In contrast, pepper, tomato, and eggplant seeds prefer warmer soil temperatures of 85 degrees F.
Tips for How to Germinate Seeds for Seed Starting
Don’t use this mat with seeds like lettuce or onions because you may make the soil too hot for them to germinate well. (Been there, done that…)
As I wrote above, at my house most of my seeds germinate just fine on my seedling rack in the ambient temperature of my home.
So, back to the office closet they go.
Starting seeds at home can be an extremely exciting and enjoyable part of your gardening experience. After ordering seeds from various catalogues, setting up your seed starting rack and lights, and gathering all of your supplies, it’s time to finally plant.