How to properly plant weed seeds after germination?
In our previous blog about “Germinating weed seeds” you can read how to germinate marijuana seeds. Germinating is the preparation process to successfully grow a cannabis plant. It’s important to plant the seeds as soon as the seed has a sufficient root. Planting cannabis seeds is not complicated, but it does require some basic knowledge and skills. So how to plant weeds seeds? In this blog we tell you exactly how to do it!
Why germinate before planting?
Of course you can place a cannabis seed directly in the soil, but this has three disadvantages:
- The seed can become too moist, causing it to rot.
- The seed stays too dry so it can’t grow and because the seed is under the ground you can’t control it.
- You can’t determine the direction of the root. In short, our advice is to germinate before you start planting cannabis seeds.
When are you going to plant your weed seeds?
Once you have followed our advice, your seeds have germinated and you can start planting the cannabis seeds. Make sure the seeds have a root of at least 1.5 to a maximum of 2.5 centimetres. Are you planting the germinated cannabis seeds too early or too late? Then there is a chance that the plant will die at a young age. It is therefore important that you plant the germinated cannabis seeds as soon as the root is long enough.
Always plant indoors first
Good to know is that you first plant the cannabis seeds indoors, even if you will eventually grow them outdoors. The reason to let a young weed plant grow indoors first is because they are fragile in the beginning. A gust of wind can blow the plant over or be damaged by animals. Indoors you will have a safe environment where the young seedling can become strong enough before it is moved outside.
What do you need to plant cannabis seeds?
Fortunately, you do not need much to plant your germinated cannabis seeds. You often have a lot of stuff in the house already and otherwise you can buy it at any garden centre.
What do you need?
- Light-tight pot or cup from 1 to 2 litres
- Potting soil (light mix for cuttings and seedlings)
- Pen or pencil
- Germinated cannabis seeds
- Plant sprayer
Have you collected all the necessities? Then the real work starts: planting your cannabis seeds. Use the step-by-step plan below.
Planting cannabis seeds in 4 steps
In four simple steps you will learn how to successfully plant cannabis seeds. Whether you are advanced or a beginner, want to grow indoors or outdoors, the process is always the same.
How to plant weed seeds in a cup or pot?
Follow the steps below carefully and you’ll grow your own beautiful cannabis plant.
- Fill the pot or cup with potting soil
- Make a dimple in the earth
- Place the germinated seed in the dimple
- Cover the seed with a thin layer of earth
Step 1 – fill pot or cup with potting soil
Fill the cup or pot up to 1 cm below the edge with potting soil (light mix for cuttings or seedlings). Do not add extra nutrients. Seedlings get more than enough nutrients from the soil. Too much nutrient will have a negative effect.
Step 2 – make a small dimple
To plant your cannabis seeds, make a dimple in the potting soil. You can easily do this by inserting your pen or pencil into the soil. The dimple should be about 2 to 2.5 cm deep. If you mark this out on the side of your pencil, you can be sure that the depth is sufficient.
Step 3 – place the cannabis seed in the dimple
Use your fingers or tweezers to place the weed seed in the dimple. Do this carefully, because if you squeeze too hard you can damage the germinated seed. The root of the seed must point downwards (!).
Tip: Did you use damp kitchen paper when germinating and is the root of the seed attached to it? Do not pull it loose, but spray the seed again with water. You will see that the seed now easily lets go.
How deep do you plant the weed seed?
Make sure that when planting your cannabis seed, the root disappears as deep as possible into the hole. The skin of the seed should be at least 0.5 cm below the surface.
Step 4 – cover the seed with a thin layer of soil.
Carefully cover the seed with a thin layer of soil after putting the seeds in the dimple. Do not press the soil! A few millimetres of soil over the seed is more than enough. Spray the surface moist with the plant sprayer and place the cup or pot in the window sill or under light.
Your cannabis seeds have been planted. How to proceed?
You are already well on your way to growing your cannabis plant. But you might eventually want to let the cannabis plants continue to grow outside. As said before, you do the beginning of the growing process indoors which takes about two weeks. After two weeks the plant will be strong enough to repot to another place to continue growing. We will tell you how to do this in the blogs:
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You bought beautiful Premium Pro Seeds from Suzy Seeds and of course, you want to get started. First, you have to germinate the seeds. Below, I will discuss my favorite way extensively, but also suggest other good methods. Suzy Seeds exclusively sells feminized cannabis seeds, so you don’t need to remove male plants, which applies also to autoflower cannabis seeds. It’s good to know that a cannabis seed does not need light to germinate. What is important, though, is a humid environment and an ambient temperature of around 20 °C. In general, there are three ways to germinate cannabis seeds: – In a cup of water – On a damp surface – In soil. My favorite way to germinate the seeds is to put them in a cup of water and then between a damp paper towel. This goes well in 99% of the cases. How long does it take cannabis seeds to germinate in general? Or how do we germinate autoflowering seeds? The time depends on the strain or type of seed, but autoflowering seeds germinate in the same way and time as feminized or regular cannabis seeds. That is why I will more extensively describe this first way.
We recommend not to touch the seeds or the seedlings with your hands. If you do anyways, make sure your hands are clean and if possible use plastic gloves.
Suzy’s favourite germinating procedure
Maintain an ambient temperature between 20 and 25 °C, otherwise, the seeds will not or at least not optimally germinate. Fill a cup with water and put the cannabis seeds in it. Get the seeds out of the water after 12 to 24 hours and spread them on a plate between two layers of damp paper towel. Put the plate in a dark and enclosed place. It’s important to make sure that the paper towel remains damp. I moisten the paper towel every 6 to 12 hours. Do not use too much water. The seeds only need to be damp. Within 48 to 72 hours, the seeds should pop open. But be patient, because it can take longer (6 days at the most). When the root becomes visible (the white sprouts as you can see on the picture above), you need to plant the germinated seeds. If you do not plant them in due time, the root can be damaged.
Suzy’s Tip: Try your germintion method on a couple of seeds (maximum 3). This way, you can test if your method works well. Often a wrong germinating method is used and the seeds don’t germinate. Do you want to germinate your seeds in a different way? Continue reading.
Germinating cannabis seeds in a cup of water
Maintain an ambient temperature of at least 20 °C, otherwise, the seeds will not or at least not optimally germinate. Fill a cup with water and put the cannabis seeds in it. After 3 to 5 days, the seeds should pop open and a tiny root should come out. As soon as the sprout is 2 to 3 mm, you can carefully get the seeds out of the water and plant them in the soil. Planting the germinated seed has to be done with lots of care and attention. Put them 0.5 to 1 cm in the soil with the root down. This way, the root (the white sprout) will more easily grow downwards.
Germinating cannabis seeds on a damp surface
Maintain an ambient temperature of at least 20 °C, otherwise, the seeds will not or at least not optimally germinate. Put the cannabis seeds on a surface that holds moisture, like wadding, paper towel or tissues on a saucer. Moisten the surface well, but avoid making it too wet. The moisture evaporates quickly at room temperature, so check during the period that the seeds will germinate if the surface is still damp enough. You can also cover the seeds with damp wadding or tissues and another saucer on top. Because of the moisture that gets into the seeds, they are activated and start to germinate. As soon as the germ is 2 to 3 mm, you can carefully get the seeds out of the water and plant them in the soil. Put them 0.5 to 1 cm in the soil with the root down. This way, the root will more easily grow downwards.
Germinating cannabis seeds in soil/compost
Direct germination of cannabis seeds in the soil is a commonly used method. You don’t have to handle the fragile plant, so it is not disturbed in its growth process. However, the chances that the seeds will germinate are lower than when applying the other methods. When using this method, it is important to use good soil. You can inform yourself about the different types of soil at your local grow shop. Maintain an ambient temperature of at least 20 °C, otherwise, the seeds will not or not optimally germinate. Put the cannabis seed about 1 cm deep in the soil. Cover the hole with some soil and gently press. The soil needs to be light so that the plant can easily grow to the surface. Solid soil is hard to penetrate for the roots and will cause a delay. The seeds will germinate under the ground and will come to the surface after 4 to 10 days.
- – Be patient, the time it takes to germinate may differ according to the strain.
- – Germination of cannabis seeds in soil can differ between 2 days and up to 4 or 5 days in some cases.
- – Make sure that your hands are clean when you touch the seeds.
- – If you spread the seeds on wadding or tissues, moisten the surface well and keep it moist until the seeds start germinating.
Best way to germinate the cannabis seeds is to put them in a cup of water and then between damp paper towel. Direct germination of cannabis seeds in the soil is a commonly used method. To germinate autoflower seeds we apply the same methods.