Marijuana is a fast-growing, nutrient-loving plant. Cannabis seeds germinate in less than two days when kept warm and moist. Seeds can be germinated indoors or out, but before you take any action, ask yourself: “Do I want to grow this plant outside and take advantage of the summer’s free sunshine?”
How to germinate seeds outdoors?
If your answer is no, you should try growing them indoors – it will be easier to control the humidity and temperature needed for seed germination. However, if your plants grow bigger than half a meter (1.6 feet), they need lots of light and warmth, so do not start growing them inside if you don’t have enough space!
On the other hand, if outdoor growth sounds intriguing, you should pay attention to this article.
Seeds are the simplest and cheapest way to start growing, but keeping them alive is an arduous task.
Animals will eat seeds before they germinate; if not eaten by animals, birds will drop the seeds out of their beaks when flying or building nests; water currents can transport them away from your garden; wind often blows seeds back onto the soil surface instead of burying them deep enough inside the earth… All these factors reduce plant survival rates significantly.
However, an intelligent solution is: “Just cover the seeds lightly,” advised experts in one word-soaked forum. It’s what I did last year, growing cannabis outdoors for the first time. As you can see, the plant is still alive and kicking (don’t forget to read my blog post on how to germinate marijuana seeds outdoors).
Keeping the seed at a minimum distance from the soil surface means not being exposed to harsh weather conditions.
The upper limit of the recommended depth is 0.5 inches (1 cm), so cover your seeds with no more than this thickness of soil. If you want them even more profound, place some twigs or sticks next to each source before covering it up – they will help prevent earth wash-off during heavy downpours. It’s also suitable for weed plants growing in windy locations as it can break strong gusts earlier than unguarded plants.
Don’t be afraid of covering the seed too deep.
It only has to remain at a certain level after putting it on top of the soil – there’s no need to make a hole in the ground first and then place a seed inside, as some people suggest. You can even throw your seeds on any solid surface, cover them with a thick layer of dirt, and they will still germinate just fine! However, if you follow this advice, you should initially avoid putting more than one seed per pot or plant site (unless they are feminized marijuana seeds). Please check out my outdoor weed development guide if you’re growing weed outdoors.
After covering up your cannabis growers’ treasure with earth, spray some fine water droplets on top of the soil to further prevent it from dispersing. It will also increase the humidity near the seed, essential for good germination results.
Your cannabis seeds are now safe and sound…
…lying quietly inside your pocket with a smile on its face, dreaming about green Trinity’s leaves growing higher every second! Be patient for 3-7 days (depending on weather conditions) until they break out of their shell.
If you’re not that lucky and some destructive four-legged friend shows up at your doorstep one day… Don’t panic! I was hoping you could take my advice: pour some water around the plant, so nearby soil becomes wet as well. It will help keep the temperature high enough for seeds to germinate appropriately during the night or cloudy days.
Keep the soil moist, but do not overdo it
Seeds can drown if you water them too often with a hosepipe! If this is the case, your cannabis growers’ feelings will be hurt, and they might take their own lives by breaking up big branches on top of each other, so no light reaches leaves below. Mark my words! Or even worse: don’t let me know about these sad events to avoid unnecessary stress 😉
And finally… Don’t get frustrated if one seed out of five doesn’t germinate immediately after it has broken its shell. It’s just Mother Nature playing tricks on us humans again 🙂 Enjoy touching living plants for the first time in life because every next day brings more joy!