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best way to germinate autoflowering cannabis seeds

Best way to germinate

"Mine is simple. Drop the seed into a shot glass filled with tap water. When the seed sinks, poke a 2cm hole into your soil and pour the contents of the shot glass (water included) into the hole. Hey presto, up within 48 hrs. 100% so far this way and super simple."

Jiffy pellets worked well for me.

I've been using this for a while and it's gorgeous. I do not like straight to pot. Regardless of what people say about 'transplanting' damaging autos, starting with a good germination process and then possibly going into rockwool and only after that into your medium of choice is the best way of doing it. No qualms.

The reason why people use the paper towel method is very simple. It allows you to control the humidity and the temperature of the germination process. If you plant your seed directly into the medium, you could get lucky and get the same speed, but you might also run into a one-week-long popping. Fuck that.

And on top of that going directly into the medium will allow your root to shoot straight down to the bottom of the pot and you'll end up with the upper half of your pot filled with nothingness. But that's another matter all together. Do paper towel into rockwool into medium. You will not find anything more efficient for autos.

Just grab a pencil, or even with your fingers, make a little hole (1-2cm deep), and place the seed in it, the medium must be moist but not soaking, then cover with soil without applying pressure. Planting directly in the medium is the best way to avoid stressing your plants due to transplanting.

Why wont my Autoflower seeds sprout?

Temperature. It’s possible the room in which you placed your seeds was – or became – too warm or too cold. Ideally, the space in which you place your cannabis seeds during germination should be between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit, or 21-32 degrees Celsius. If it’s cooler than that, your seeds may take longer to sprout …

Does pot size affect Autoflower?

Just remember that the proper air pot size for autoflower is the same as any other pot size but the difference is that when growing in air pots or fabric pots, the roots get pruned by air naturally, as they would in nature; This means that it’s harder for your plants to get rootbound and due to the roots getting pruned …

What size pot does an Autoflower need?

Usually autoflower marijuana plants don’t grow more than 18 inches (45cm) in height and they usually are ready to harvest in less than two months. If we know these numbers then we can calculate that the perfect pot size for auto flower plants should be 1,5 to 2,5 gallons (5,6 to 9,4 liters).

Do Autoflower seeds take longer to germinate?

If, after 18 hours of soaking, one or more seeds still will not sink, we recommend carrying on to step three anyway – those seeds have thicker shells, so they may just take a bit longer to sprout. These two qualities, plus moisture from the water, are what your autoflowering marijuana seeds need to germinate.

Can you put seeds straight into soil?

Another option is to tuck seeds directly into soil outdoors. Planting seeds this way is called direct sowing, and it is an easy process that yields great results. Even so, many vegetables, annuals, herbs and perennials sprout easily from seed sown directly into garden soil.

Are 3 gallon pots good for Autoflowers?

Most autoflowers grow well in 3-gallon pots, but you can always experiment with one plant before planting ten different seeds. Another important thing to remember is that most autoflowers don’t perform well if they are transplanted.

How tall do Autoflowers get?

Most reach an average autoflower height of around 50-100cm. The final autoflower size depends on the genetics and the growth conditions which you provide. Sativa autoflower seeds can stretch a little more than indica autos.

What helps seeds germinate faster?

One easy way to make seeds germinate faster is to presoak them for 24 hours in a shallow container filled with hot tap water. Water will penetrate the seed coat and cause the embryos inside to plump up. Don’t soak them for longer than 24 hours because they could rot. Plant the seeds immediately in moist soil.

How much water do Autoflower seedlings need?

You should be at around day 13 or 14 and you’ll have noticed a bit of growth in the last couple of days. For watering, you should make your mix in a bottle with just one glass of water per pot at this stage.

Dagga Seeds

The process of germinating Autoflower Cannabis Seeds can take up to 10 days. Here’s some information and a diagram on the makeup of a seed. The cannabis seed has a brown shell that is hard, and sometimes striped, this hard shell is what protects the inside of the seed which is extremely fragile.

Should I Germinate Autoflowering Seeds Differently?

You germinate your autoflowering cannabis seeds in the same way as your feminized or regular seeds. At Dagga Seeds, all our autoflowering seeds are also feminized, which means you will get only female, bud-producing plants from our products. You don’t have to stress over identifying and removing male plants before they pollinate.

Autoflowering Marijuana Seed Germination: The Basics

Of course, you can feel free to germinate your autoflowering weed seeds using any method you want. We recommend you use our water glass and paper towel method. This tends to be the most reliable method of sprouting auto-flowering seeds, but it certainly isn’t the only method.

It may be tempting to pour out your new autoflowering marijuana seeds, discard the protective shipping container, and twiddle them for a touch, but we’d recommend resisting this urge. Ideally, you don’t touch your seeds with your bare hands. In fact, it’s best to never touch your weed plants with your unprotected hands. Hands carry germs just waiting to be transferred to and wreak havoc on your seed babies. We’d recommend always using protective gloves, or at the very least washing your hands before tending your seeds or plants.

Germinating Autoflowers in Soil – PLANTING DIRECTLY IN LARGE CONTAINER

Sometimes the simplest way is the better way. As it happens in nature, you can also sprout your seeds in the growing medium of your choice (soil, coco coir, perlite, etc..)

Just grab a small stick, make a small hole (1cm deep), and place your autoflower seed in the hole. The medium must be wet but not soaking, then cover with soil without applying pressure to the seed.

Autoflower Germination guide: planting directly in the medium

Planting directly in the final container is the best way to avoid stressing your cannabis plants due to transplanting. Every time you transplant a seedling, it needs some time to readjust and can cause plant stress. Auto-flowering plants grow very fast and it is recommended not to transplant them. Plant the seed or germinated sprout directly in a large finishing container. One of the top benefits of using this method is you are less likely to damage your seedling when transplanting or shocking it because it already is in its final place.

Germinating Autoflower seeds – Paper Towel Method

When germinating, we need to tell the cannabis seed to wake up, water will soften the shell of the seed and stimulate the seed embryo. When the water reaches the embryo it will “activate” and start to develop and grow.

Step 1 to Germinating Autoflower Seeds

Fill a small glass container about halfway with fresh water. The water can be spring, rain, or distilled, but don’t use it straight out of the tap. Place the glass in a safe location and open your little container of seeds.
If you purchased a small seed pack, you can gently pour the complete contents of the protective shipping container into the glass of water. If you’ve bought several seed packs, we recommend dividing your seeds between a few glasses, with no more than a few seeds per cup.

Step 2 to Germinating Autoflower Seeds

Once your seeds are in the water you are going to let them sit here for up to 24 hours. Over time, water should start to soak into the tiny pores of the seed shells and weigh them down. Eventually, the seeds sink to the bottom as we want.
If, after about 15 hours, all your seeds have not gone to the bottom, use a pair of tweezers or a spoon to gently tap the floating seeds. It’s possible they were just held up by water surface tension and will then sink. If they don’t, you can leave the seeds to continue to soak for another 12 hours.

If, after 24 hours of soaking, one or more seeds still will not sink, we recommend carrying on to the next step anyway. Those seeds may just have thicker shells, so they take a bit longer to open and sprout.

Step 3 to Germinating Autoflower Seeds

Take a clean glass or plastic plate and cover it with paper towels. Pour the glass with seeds and all – onto the paper towel. The towel will become soaked, and you can carefully drain off any excess water. Using your tweezers again, gently nudge your seeds so they are 1 inch apart. Also move them to one half of the plate, because you’re going to fold the towel over the top of the seeds.

Germinating with a paper towel diagram

With the paper towel is completely covering the seeds, take your plate to a warm, dark spot. These two conditions, plus the water, are what your autoflowering marijuana seeds need to grow.
Twice a day, carefully check up on your autoflowering seeds, allowing in minimal light as you do. You’re waiting for a little white taproot to emerge from the shell and crawl out. You want the taproot to be about ½” long before you plant it in soil or medium. This could take anywhere up to six days, depending on the thickness of the seed shell, among other factors.

Each time you check your seeds, make sure the paper towel is still slightly wet, but not soaking. You don’t want the seeds floating in the water or they could start to mould. Also, the taproot won’t have to search at all for sustenance if it is still submerged in water. Mist the paper towel with freshwater only when it starts to dry out.

Good luck growing your autoflowering seeds, send us a message if you have any questions.