When to start germinating marijuana seeds for the best results and a big winter crop of cannabis flowers. Learn how to successfully germinate your precious cannabis seeds every-time with this simple, easy to follow guide. A must read for all beginners. If you read our recommendations on how to choose the best moment to start your outdoor crop, you have probably waited for the good weather to settle in and for the be…
When to germinate marijuana seeds for outdoor cultivation
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When we can already feel spring outside the windows
Winter is receding and the first rays of spring signal the arrival of spring, which for many cannabis growers signals the most anticipated event of the year. That’s right, it’s the start of the marijuana growing season.
Some ganja growers are looking forward to testing out their newly loaded growing techniques that they have studied over the winter. Growing outdoors then, like most cannabis growers, you’ll be harvesting huge quantities of ganja so that your winter supplies will be plentiful. But this is preceded by good preparation. When you start germinating your cannabis seeds will also be crucial for the coming months.
Don’t be fooled by the first rays of spring and don’t start sprouting cannabis seeds straight away, as this may be too early.
But don’t worry, we’ll give you some tips to help you choose the best germination time for your ganja seeds.
1. Don’t be hasty in growing marijuana
Yes, I’m sure all of us have experienced it. All winter long you look forward to the sun coming out, the weather outside getting warmer and you can see yourself planting marijuana seeds in your garden. Don’t ever be tempted so early, as the weather in spring is quite fickle and can surprise you very unpleasantly.
Has anyone ever told you that the sooner you plant cannabis seeds, the sooner you will harvest large marijuana plants? Don’t believe it, it’s nonsense.
Planting marijuana seeds earlier will never guarantee you a bigger or faster cannabis harvest. That’s why more experienced cannabis growers already know that they have to be patient, and that’s why they wait for the right moment when the weather is already settled.
You must always bear in mind that the cannabis plant is tiny, fragile and delicate once it has germinated from the seed. And if you don’t want it to die you need to give it plenty of warmth and sunlight.
If you think that planting autoflowering cannabis varieties will help you, you are mistaken, because if you rush and plant them early, the results will also be disastrous.
Even though the life cycle of autoflowering cannabis varieties is around 2.5 months, it is important to maintain good enough conditions for growth for the first 14 days, otherwise you will get a blockage. And even if the sun starts to shine after that, which could get them going again, it’s usually too late.
So whether you plan to plant autoflowering or feminised cannabis seeds, avoid germinating and then planting cannabis too early.
2. Consider the climate in your area
The time at which you start sprouting cannabis seeds depends a lot on the climate you live in.
So what is the right time to germinate cannabis seeds? You can either make a common sense decision and see if the weather is already warm and stable, or you can do more research and study old weather records to see which date would be best. In the Nordic countries it may be safe to plant cannabis at the end of May, in central Europe it is usually early to mid-May and in the south can be planted up to a month earlier.
3. Watch as the cannabis growing season begins?
If you’re new to growing outdoor cannabis and aren’t sure when to start planting, ask a regional fellow growers if you can.
If you don´t know anyone, then you have to study historical weather data and follow forecasts.
4. A few words in conclusion
Start germinating your cannabis seeds as soon as the weather outside is nice with a steady supply of sunshine. The night temperature must not be less than 14 degrees Celsius.
Plant your plants on the south side, so that there is no obstacle between them and the south that could shade them (trees, buildings, hills, etc.) They should get at least 12 hours of sunlight a day.
If you haven’t bought your cannabis seeds yet, take a look at our NukaSeeds range where you’re sure to find the freshest marijuana seeds.
The time for planting marijuana seeds is slowly but surely approaching.
How to germinate cannabis seeds
When germinating cannabis seeds there are a few factors that play an important role. Cannabis seeds need humidity and warmth to sprout. A temperature between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius is ideal. Also besides that, we recommended that you leave the seeds in peace.
A glass of water
Place your seeds in a glass of sterilised water, the water temperature should be around 20 – 25 degrees Celsius. Gently push the seeds with your fingertip below the surface of the water and leave the seeds fo float. After 2 – 4 hours, your seeds should have sunk to the bottom of the glass, if not, Gently push the seeds again, they should fall to the bottom. Within 24 / 48 hours, your seeds will have small roots and be ready for the next stage.
Cotton pads – Paper towels
Place the seed between 2 wet layers of your chosen material. Using this method, the water will evaporate quickly so it is best to create an environment where condensation can take place. You can do so by placing 2 plates on top of each other with the top one upside down for example. Make sure to check the humidity twice-daily! The material should be humid, not wet!
When the root is longer than 2 – 3cm, its ready for planting.
Choose the size of pot that you will need and fill with a quality soil of your choice. Place your finger into the soil making a small hole in the middle. Carefully transplant the seedling into the soil with the root facing downwards. The seed head should just be covered up by the soil. Wet the soil carefully. Make sure it is wet enough for the seedling to continue growing. Check regularly. The seedling will require 18 hours of light a day in the growing (vegitation) stage.
We recommend storing your seeds in an airtight plastic bag or container in the fridge. The seeds will stay fresh for years when stored this way.
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How to germinate weed seeds?
You can germinate your cannabis seeds both indoors and outdoors, though our recommendation is that you do it indoors, as you will have more control over all the factors that can have a negative effect on the process. But if this is not, below we explain the best way to germinate seeds outdoors.
Our first recommendation, as we already said, would be to wait for the good weather to settle in. Having a high temperature (from 22 to 26°C) is an important factor for your seeds to decide to emerge into the world.
Step 1: protect your seedlings from climate factors and fauna, prevention is better than cure.
Outdoors we never know what dear mother nature has in store for us; in the same way that your seeds might enjoy a week of good weather and sun, there can also be thunderstorms and low temperatures on the very day they sprout. Not to mention the large variety of birds, snails and other fauna that delight in eating those tender and tasty marijuana seedlings. Bear in mind that during their first moments of life, your plants are defenceless against many dangers that threaten them; therefore, it is your job to take care of your little ones and keep them safe. How? It’s actually quite simple, you can buy mini-greenhouses for germinating or you can use a Tupperware and make holes in it for adequate ventilation, although we recommend the first option.
Ventilation is an important factor; don’t make the greenhouse airtight, open the trapdoors to allow adequate ventilation and as the covers are made of thin plastic, you can even make some extra holes if necessary.
Step 2: choose quality materials.
Today you can find high quality products on the market, specifically designed for germination and which, in addition, are not expensive. What do you need?
- Germination greenhouse
- Electric blanket: If you live in a very cold area, a good solution to stimulate germination is to place an electric blanket underneath the greenhouse, thus achieving an adequate temperature. It is important that the probe that measures the temperature calculates the temperature of the blanket, and not of the greenhouse, as otherwise you might heat the seeds excessively.
- Jiffy 7: This product consists of of a compressed and dehydrated substrate pellet which, after leaving it in water for a few minutes, becomes a small sack of special substrate for germinating, and is also biodegradable. This is the star product that will optimise your germination process due to the following reasons:
– On the one hand it has the ideal structure, that is, the amount of air and water in the substrate is adequate for germination.
– It is sterilised, meaning that we prevent the appearance of fungi (powdery mildew, botrytis, etc)
– It has all the elements necessary to nourish your seed/seedling during the first week; the ideal amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Phosphorus and calcium are particularly important for the correct development of roots.
– It has a neutral pH, which is the most adequate and makes it the perfect medium for germination; during one week you just have to add water.
– Jiffy 7 is expressly designed for the mega-industrial production of seedlings and does not require fertilisation.
– Another advantage is the specific temperature: water has a low specific temperature. This means that if we place a glassful of water in a room at 25°, it will be very hard for the water to reach that temperature. Therefore, if we place the cannabis seeds in a very watery medium (a glass or between paper towels) the temperature will be lower, while in a Jiffy, as it is more exposed to the air, the temperature will be higher and the process, faster.
However, there are people who germinate marijuana seeds in paper towels. Why don’t we recommend them? Well, although this method may be effective, it is not the most adequate and has some disadvantages. To start with, the seedlings do not receive the necessary light, as the paper towel that covers the top prevents the sun’s rays from penetrating. In turn, in the Jiffy they do receive light, and therefore photosynthesis will start earlier. Another advantage is that as soon as the root emerges in the Jiffy, it starts to turn downwards and to absorb nutrients: on the one hand we accelerate the process and on the other, when we replant the Jiffy 7 with the seedling there is no transplant shock.
Step 3: follow the method.
- Put the Jiffys in lukewarmwater.
- Once the Jiffys have expanded, make sure that they are thoroughly wet (don’t squeeze them, just remove the excess liquid if they are dripping). Monitor the pH (between 6 and 7) and the EC (less than 0.5 ms) of the water.
- Insert the seed in the central hole of the Jiffy, not too deep (approximately 5 mm) with the tip pointing upwards. The marijuana plant must not be sown too deep because otherwise the root has to travel too far: it always emerges through the pointy part of the seed, turns 180°, penetrates into the soil, and once it is secure, it raises its “head” from where the cotyledons will grow.
- Place the Jiffys in the greenhouse as well as a thermo-hygrometer to monitor the temperature and humidity.
- Temperature control: it must not fall below 20 degrees nor exceed 30. If you put the greenhouse in the sun, it can get very hot; you must constantly monitor the temperature. If it exceeds 25 degrees, we recommend that you lift up the top cover to ventilate it. Another important factor you have to check is humidity. If it is very sunny, the Jiffys will dry up and it is important that they are always humid. You must therefore add water when necessary, though not in excess. They should only be soaking wet during the first two days. After one week we should already have marijuana seedlings; with their two cotyledons (the first two round -shaped leaves), before the first two real leaves sprout (the serrated leaves), transplant them. If they are autoflowering seeds, we recommend that you transplant them to the definitive flower pot, though if they are feminised seeds you can transplant them to a smaller pot and then, when the plants are larger, you can move them to the definitive pot.
For indoors: The same but under a grow light, fluorescent or LED. If you have the option of germinating your cannabis seeds inside your home, ideally the light intensity will be high; the less intense the light, the more the seedlings will stretch in search of light and become spindly. If you use a 400 W light ideally it should be 40-45 cm away.
Now that you know how to take your first steps, you’re ready to start this season’s crop. Have a good harvest!
Kushka Barcelona-born journalist and grower with a curious spirit. I used to spend my life travelling, writing and working with cannabis clubs until Professor OG called me. My two passions, the plant and the writing, have followed the same path ever since. I absolutely love tricky subjects, those that oblige me to spend days buried in books, investigating and driving the entire technical team crazy. There’s no way I can write a story without going into the issue in depth. I enjoy challenges, but even more sharing them with you on our blog. You can find on instagram at @_kushka.
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