It’s finally time to start growing in our tent, and a friend showed us a way to accelerate the time it takes our seeds to pop out of the soil! Welcome to The Hippie Geeks! If you enjoy this video, be sure to subscribe and leave a comment below!
We haven’t had the opportunity to use our grow tent yet, and it is finally time to get it going! We are going to be starting with a few cannabis seeds, and will also be starting all of our garden veggies in there this year as well. The first plants that we will be starting are the cannabis seeds, and a good friend told us his process for starting seeds that we decided to try.
Disclaimer! We are not saying that this is the only way to start seeds, or even the best way. This is just the way that we tried to do it this time, as it sounded interesting. With that said, on to the information!
The first thing to do is get the liquid for this process ready. You want to mix even parts of water and 3% hydrogen peroxide. This mix helps to increase seed germination rates by softening the husk and increasing oxygen uptake in the plants. The vessel you use for the liquid doesn’t really matter, our friend uses shot glasses, we use tiny canning jars. It doesn’t have to be exact, just get the ratio pretty close. We are going to try starting four seeds, two of each strain, and see what happens.
Once the containers are set up with the water and hydrogen peroxide mixture, we added in a few drops of Zeus Juice which is part of the Nectar For The Gods nutrient line. This also helps to soften the shell and provides some nutrients for the first stages of the plants life. After that, its time to drop the seeds into the liquid, one container for each, and then cover them with saran wrap and a hair tie. This will help to keep any contaminants out of the liquid along with our cats if they happen to get up on that counter.
All that the seeds need now is a little time, and a little warmth. We have a seedling heating matt set up on the counter, with the seeds on a cooling rack above the pad. We don’t want to put them directly on the pad, that would get too hot, but having them just above it keeps them right at 75 degrees, which is a great temperature for germination. We are now going to leave them there for around 24 hours, though if we were to do this again we would stick closer to twelve hours, and we will get to the reason for that in a minute.
Here we are, 24 hours later. Looking at the seeds, you can see that two of them look great, ready to be put into the soil. The other two however had jumped the gun a bit. They had both popped out a tap root, and while it is hard to see it in the picture, they have nearly completely split their seeds. It is possible to get them planted and still have them come up, but we will just have to see what happens.
We already have our four in pots set up. We used some of the Roots Organics Micro-Greens potting soil as our base. You want to get the soil nice and damp, but not waterlogged, and then poke a hole about a quarter of an inch into the dirt. This is where you will put the seeds. Grab each seed carefully with a pair of tweezers, and place it point down into the hole. Yes, each cannabis seed has a pointy and a flat end. Once you have it in there point down, carefully cover it with soil and set it aside. We then did the same thing for the three other plants.
After that give them a good spray with a water bottle to keep the moisture up, cover them with saran wrap and then secure it to the pot, we used some rubber bands. The saran wrap keeps the moisture in, and the cats out yet again. We put them back over the heat mat, and left them alone for the next couple days. 36 hours later, the two seeds that had not popped out a taproot popped up out of the ground in defiance of the cold outside, and we were really happy about it! Unfortunately, the other seeds didn’t make it, I was either too rough handling them, or something else went wrong as neither of them popped up out of the soil. We had one more of those seeds however and went thru the same process with it but only soaked it for 12 hours, and it worked! We now have three tiny little cannabis plants growing in the tent, along with our baby tomatoes and cilantro seeds.
We loved this method, at least the shortened method. Out of the three seeds that we soaked that did not pop out a taproot, all three were viable. It seems like it worked out great, and really seemed to accelerate the germination time of all three as well.
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