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We hear this question all the time from clients and beginner growers, and the answer is a resounding no. There is simply no way to tell the sex of a cannabis seed just by looking at it.
It’s important to only conduct this test if you are planning to germinate the seeds immediately afterwards. The viable seeds that sunk to the bottom of the glass will have taken in water, crossing the membrane of the seed and signalling that it’s time to come to life—activating germination.
Growing Seeds From A Bag (Bagseed)
The fact that cannabis seeds can vary in appearance has led some growers to think that the size, shape, or color of a seed dictates its 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.
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.
These darker and healthier seeds are often harder also, another factor that displays the health and vitality of a cannabis seed. When placing the seed between your index finger and a thumb, a healthy seed should be hard enough to bare the weight and remain intact.
The same logic can be applied when seeking cannabis seeds. Every now and then when picking up a bag of weed, you are more than likely to come across a few stray seeds in the buds as you begin to break up the material and layer it into a blunt or a bowl. There is nothing wrong with planting these seeds, and they may offer some nice weed (with the emphasis on ‘they may. ‘)
DO THEY FLOAT?
There are many procedures and factors that cannabis growers will execute and consider when aiming to grow a healthy marijuana crop capable of producing a yield of adequate quality and maximum quantity. One of such factors that needs to be considered before the process has even begun is the very quality of the cannabis seeds themselves.
Here are a few tips to obtain quality seeds to begin with and to test them before planting to make sure the effort is worth it.
The most obvious and accurate method to determine a seeds health is to simply germinate it anyway. If the seed does not germinate under the right conditions, it was not healthy.