You can germinate cannabis seeds in different ways: put them in a cup with water, keep them in a dampened paper towel or a piece of cloth, or just plant them directly into soil and wait until they start to grow. The latter is believed to be the easiest and the most natural way of seed germination. However, there are a few tricks you can use to improve the results when germinating weed seeds in soil. WeedGrowHub will tell you about the most important ones.
Germinated seeds are pretty fragile. Therefore, you should be extremely careful when moving germinated seeds into pots. And here comes the biggest plus of soil germination: if you plant a seed straight into the soil, you won't have to move it anywhere once the first sprout shows up. You can let it grow naturally, without any extra steps.
Plus, germinating cannabis seeds in soil is easy enough even for a novice weed grower. Still, there are a few things that you need to pay special attention to.
If you want to speed up the germination process, you need to prepare cannabis seeds before planting them into soil. The best way to do that is by letting weed seeds soak in pure water for 24 hours. This way, you will ensure that the seeds will get all the water they need to start germinating. You can use plain tap water without any additional nutrients. Just make sure it is not too cold; leave a glass with water in a room for several hours so it could warm up a bit.
The quality of the soil you use is crucial. A mildly fertilized potting soil is the best choice since it is guaranteed not to have too many nutrients and you can easily find it in the nearest garden center.
Use one pot per each seed, so you won't have to separate the seedlings later. Fill the pot with potting soil and make a small quarter-inch-deep hole using a pencil or a pen. Place the seed inside that hole and cover it with some soil.
If a seed already has a small root popping from it, make sure to plant it with that root going downwards. This way, you will help your cannabis grow faster.
You can also use peat pellets to germinate your cannabis seeds. Just put a seed inside a peat pellet and add some water. When you see the first roots popping out, put the peat pellet with a seedling straight into a pot with soil.
Although it may seem to be the easiest and, therefore, the best way to germinate seeds, there are a few things you need to be very careful about when germinating cannabis seeds in soil.
First, pay attention to the temperature. The temperature in the room should be stable and remain near 72-73 degrees Fahrenheit (around 22ºC). You can put the pots with seeds under a fluorescent lamp, in order to keep the soil warm enough and make sure your baby plants will get enough light when they start popping up.
Secondly, humidity. The soil should never run dry. Wrap the pot with a plastic wrap to create better climate and keep all the extra moisture inside. Use a sprayer to dampen the soil but be careful not to overwater it, otherwise, your roots may start to rot.
Next, the lights. While the seeds do not need any light to start germinating, once a small sprout is showing up out of the soil, it will need enough light and warmth to grow and get stronger. If a plant does not receive enough light, it will grow in height but not in breadth and won't produce many branches.
If you were using a plastic wrap before, make sure to remove it once you see the first sprouts. At this point, your baby cannabis plants will need more light and a nice ventilation. Usually, it takes from three to seven days before you can see the first tiny stems.
Since you were germinating your marijuana seeds in soil, you do not have to move the fragile seedlings anyway. Wait until your baby cannabis plants will get stronger and transplant them into bigger pots or plant them outdoors when they are 5–10 cm in height.