Cannabis Seed Germination Troubleshooting Guide
At Royal Queen Seeds, we are proud to offer you this step-by-step guide to troubleshooting the germination process of our cannabis seeds.
Our hope is that we can help you detect, and even prevent, some of the most common problems that can occur when germinating our seeds. Thankfully, when you chose our seeds, we guarantee the quality, eliminating the most common variable.
Every step of the way, we hold our breeders to the utmost scrutiny. We inspect every step of the production and packaging system. Our seeds are selected by hand. Even healthy seeds are frequently rejected simply because they are smaller than average or have an unusual shape.
We also pre-test every batch of every strain of our seeds. This means that every mother plant is screened and tested to eliminate bad batches. If germination is not perfect, the seeds do not get sold.
Then, we ship using methods that eliminate many of the risks. For example, every package must be signed for. This keeps the seeds from being exposed to extreme temperatures, being mishandled during shipping and much more.
Unfortunately, after that, it is up to the consumer to use proper methods to germinate the seeds. Thankfully, we offer a germination kit that is perfect for cannabis. We also offer the following tips to ensure the optimal germination and growth of your seedlings.
ENSURE A PROPER ENVIRONMENT
To ensure that your seedlings start their life off on the right foot, it is important to ensure that the environment is optimal. The temperature, humidity and soil quality are all variables that are important to control. The pH in the water is also an important variable.
Many people mistakenly assume that this means they should use some sort of mini-greenhouse. Unfortunately, this is the most common reason that germination fails. Thankfully, we offer an easy start kit that works perfectly to eliminate many of the problems growers face.
It is also important to note here that soaking or sprouting the seeds in water or wet tissue is not recommended. Because our seeds are of the highest quality, this actually lowers your chance of getting healthy plants. Using our kit is the best way to maximize the number of healthy seedlings.
After your seedlings have sprouted but before they are full-fledged plants, many things can still go wrong. They can grow too tall and skinny, they can fall over or the seed casing can get stuck. Thankfully, most of these things can be easily fixed in the present and prevented in the future.
TALL SKINNY SEEDLINGS
The most common problem is seedlings that grow too tall and skinny. The most common reason for this is the insufficient light. To fix, simply move the plant to an area with better light and then support the seedlings so that they can regain their strength.
Another common problem is seedlings that begin growing well and then simply fall over. It will look as though the stem simply gave out. This is caused by a fungal infection called dampening off. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for this ailment. Ensuring that soil is free of fungus and controlling variables like temperature and humidity are controlled are the only ways to ensure prevention in future seedlings.
SEED CASING DID NOT DETACH
When the seed casing does not detach, the seed was not placed deep enough in the soil. It can also be caused by soil that is too dry. To fix, simply spritz the plant with mineral water. After waiting a few moments, ease the casing off. In the future, this can be prevented by planting the seed deeper and ensuring that the soil stays moist.
Once the seedlings are established, they can be transferred to the growth medium of choice. This should be done when the plants reach a height of two to three centimeters. When using our Easy Start Kit, you can simply cut the pots apart and place each pot into their long-term placement.
We hope that this guide has been helpful. When germination is successful, you will begin to see results in about 7 days. After that, it is simply a matter of counting down until your harvest.
Remember, if you have any questions, you can contact us via phone, email, Facebook or the contact form on our website. Our experts are always ready and willing to help you with any problems you may have. Good luck!