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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How to Germinate Weed Seeds – Tips and Methods
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Germinating cannabis seeds isn’t a complicated process, although it does require a few specific parameters in order to happen successfully. If you’re reading up on how to germinate weed seeds, you’re in the right place; it’s a relatively easy process, you just need to have some patience on hand. The first thing to keep in mind is that your seeds are going to need water, heat and air in order to germinate.
How to Germinate Weed Seeds – Basic Parameters
Moisture is one of the three elements required to successfully germinate cannabis seeds; it essentially helps the seeds to expand and therefore break their shell. Over-watering at this stage can be fatal for your seeds, although harder-shelled and older seeds can take longer to soak through, so some patience is required.
This can be the hardest thing to work with, because temperatures that are either too cold or too hot will mess with your seeds and they won’t germinate. Springtime temperatures are generally what you should be aiming for – seeds can still germinate in colder temperatures, although they can take longer.
How to Germinate Weed Seeds – Germination Methods
There are many different germination methods that growers tend to use, all of which involve water and heat, although they’re not all as effective as others. Some people prefer germinating by planting straight in the ground, using starter cubes or by letting them soak overnight, although our preferred and recommended method is the paper towel method using either plates or an opaque kitchen container. We’re going to give you a brief rundown of the other methods, alongside their pros and cons.
This method is more reliable than others, and they make germinating quite easy. All you have to do is place your seed carefully in your seed plug and follow the instructions when watering; different brands and models have different watering instructions.
Some cubes are made out of peat and soil, and you can move them straight into your flowerpot once they’ve popped. However, hydroponic growers can use rockwool cubes which can hold quite a lot of moisture.
One of the downsides to using starter cubes is that they’re not very handy if you only want to germinate one or two seeds, because they’re usually sold in packs of 50 or more, and once they’ve been opened most cubes tend to dry out within a couple of weeks. Another downside to Rockwool specific cubes is that they’re bad for the environment, can be bad for your health when inhaled, and they’re not the best method for new growers.
Other growers prefer to get rid of the middle man and plant their seed straight into their first flowerpot – it’s essentially how it would be done in nature, so why not follow the natural order? One of the pros when it comes to planting straight in your growing medium is that you don’t have to stress out your little seedling when transplanting, although it can be a bit harder to get the humidity right and you need to bury it just the right amount so that it can sprout.
We highly advise against using this method, as it’s incredibly easy to accidentally drown your seeds. This method involves soaking your seeds in a glass of lukewarm water – it can be any type of cup, although people usually use a normal glass. This method can be effective for much older seeds or for seeds that have abnormally thick shells.
There are a few myths surrounding germinating in water overnight – some people say that if your seeds sink, they won’t germinate, however the truth is that most seeds start off by floating and then as they soak, they sink to the bottom of the glass. This has nothing to do with germination indication.
How to Germinate Weed Seeds – Paper Towel Method
This method is the method we recommend all readers and customers use, as it’s the one that has proven to give us the highest germination rate. We’re going to give an in-depth step by step guide on how to use this method. Keep in mind that you can skip the rooting hormone part if you prefer all natural results, although X-Seed does provide impressive results to start with.
Material Needed to Successfully Germinate seeds
- Kitchen paper
- Opaque plastic Tupperware or two plates
- X-Seed by B.A.C.
- Viable cannabis seeds
We’re going to go through the X-Seed method – if you want to skip this, you can simply skip the steps involving X-Seed and place your seeds straight into your paper towel as stated in step 4. Before you start, make sure you have everything you need at hand, so that you don’t have to waste any time looking for stuff.
Step 1: Soak the seeds
Submerge your seeds in your B.A.C. X-Seed liquid for an hour. Give it a stir every now and then so that the seeds are thoroughly soaked.
Step 2: Germination
While your seeds are soaking, you’ll need to prepare your paper towel and plates (or opaque Tupperware). Make a makeshift “bed” on the bottom plate with damp kitchen paper, but make sure it isn’t soaking. We tend to use 3 layers of kitchen paper; wet the paper and let it dry without wrinkling it, hanging it out kind of like a t-shirt so that all of the excess water can easily drain out. No need to worry about drying it, as you want the kitchen paper to be damp.
Step 3: Separation
After your seeds have been in the B.A.C. X-Seed liquid for an hour, by using a spoon you can carefully extract the seeds from the liquid and spread them evenly across the bottom of your plate or container. An even spread is important, so as the roots of each seed do not get tangled – about an inch apart is good.
Step 4: Cover the seeds
Once you have all of your seeds nicely placed on your plate or in your container, cover the seeds with another layer of damp kitchen paper, similar to the first layer that you put on the bottom. At this point, your seeds should be completely covered.
Step 5: Take care
Once you’ve finished covering your seeds with paper towel, cover them with another plate or put the lid on your container; if doing this in a container, the paper shouldn’t dry out as fast. A mistake made by many growers is that they add too much water to their paper towels if they’ve dried up, but by using a spray bottle you can moisten it some more without overdoing it. If your container is transparent, all you have to do is line the inside so that absolutely no light can get in.
Step 6: Temperature adjustments
Once you’ve isolated your seeds from light, you should leave it somewhere with a nice, neutral temperature. During winter it’s often harder to find a good spot, so you should try and find a heat source that isn’t excessive. You can use a computer modem, or even a softly powered electric blanket. Items like play-stations can get too hot and could end up cooking your seeds, so take care where you put them.
Step 7: After care
Once your seeds have opened up they’ll shoot out a small, white root. This means you need to be extremely careful when handling them. Don’t leave them for long because once they’re open they should be moved to soil.
Step 8: Moving to soil
Now that your seeds have officially germinated, you need to move them to the medium in which they will remain for the rest of the growing process. Germinated seeds are generally moved to soil, but they can also be planted in rockwool for hydro growing, or in a coco jiffy if you want to cultivate in coco coir. In this article we’ll be dealing with the most common method: planting seeds in soil.
How to Germinate Weed Seeds
Start by filling a small pot with soil, no more than half a liter. Water it before even thinking about planting your seed. Once the soil is damp enough to weigh down the plant pot, use the tip of your finger to create a small 0.5-0.1cm hole in the middle of the soil, and deposit the seed in the hole with the root facing downwards. Then, cover the seed with a little soil so that it’s just under the surface. The last step in this process is to put your plant pot in the sun or under your lamps (wherever you’re planning on growing it). Within a couple of days you should see that first sprout, that will keep on growing right until the end. In some cases, it may even take a matter of hours.
Keep an eye out on our follow up article on soil preparation for growing cannabis.
Figuring out how to germinate weed seeds isn't that hard, but choosing the right method can determine exactly how high your success rate is.