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Seeds germination

Germinating seeds is a straightforward process. Here is a short guide to achieving success!

Sat 29, 2023

2min

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Seed Germination Guide

We recommend taking a photo at every step of this process, as it can help us solve any issues and provide a germination guarantee as fast as possible.

 

Seeds need a stable flow of acceptable quality water to soften the seed shell and launch the genetically coded algorithm of germination. So, the soaking or wet towel folding process will ensure the seed has enough moisture to break the hard shell.

We do not recommend planting seeds directly into the media because of the risk of drying out or getting inconsistent amounts of moisture.

For the fastest germination of your seeds, you will only need a paper towel, a zip lock, and some water (with fertilizer if you use synthetic nutrients).

  1. Prepare a nutrient solution with some hydroponic fertilizer used on vegetation (aim to ~1-1.5 EC). You can also use regular tap water if you grow organically. (Reverse osmosis or distilled water can damage the seeds, so avoid it at all costs.)
  2. Put your seeds on a paper towel, fold them a couple of times, and place them on a dish.
  3. Carefully spray or drip just enough water to soak the towel.
  4. Lift this envelope and let excess water drip back into the dish.
  5. Place a towel with seeds in the zip bag and seal it while trapping some air inside.
  6. Place the bag in a dark place like a cupboard and wait for 24-48hr. (It is essential to keep germinating seeds in the dark and comfortable temperature)
  7. Once the first root has grown to 5-10mm, carefully transfer the germinated seed to your growing medium, planting it with the root facing downwards. (If the root has grown into the towel, instead of pulling the root out, cut out the paper piece and plant the seedling with it. Any pulling can damage young and fragile roots)

 

Do not plant the germinated seed deeper than 2cm, as it can limit its ability to sprout. Water freshly planted seeds carefully and ensure water doesn’t flush them deeper into the media.

 

Outdoor transition

Initially, creating a safe and controlled environment indoors is essential to optimize plant growth when transitioning from indoor to outdoor environments.

Wait until the plants have developed their first pair of leaves, indicating their readiness to handle direct sunlight. Choosing a cloudy day or partially blocking the light using a clear plastic bag is advisable for transplantation. Additionally, mulching the pot or the soil around the plant will aid in water retention, promoting more extended moisture availability and protecting against drought.

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