JAN 04, 2024 3:00 AM PST

How to care for cannabis seeds

WRITTEN BY: Helaine Krysik

Some cannabis growers put considerable time and effort into the growing process but forget about caring for their seeds. Caring for cannabis seeds properly is vital to germination, and in turn growing healthy plants. Here’s how a grower should care for their cannabis seeds:

Store the seeds properly.

Growers should store their cannabis seeds in a cool, dark, and dry location, making such that the area is free of any damaging moisture or light. Seeds should be in airtight containers, preferably glass jars or plastic bags, which are ideal for storage.

Choose the best quality seeds available.

High quality seeds will offer growers the best chances for germination, healthy plant growth, and a successful, high yield. Seed banks or breeders with a good reputation that offer high quality, viable seeds are the way to go.

Select the right soil for cannabis growth.

Cannabis seeds need soil that is rich in nutrients, drains well, and has the proper pH balance. Soil that is too dense, or too compact, can get in the way of root growth. Growers should also make sure that the plants allow for proper drainage.

Make sure the lighting and the temperature is the right balance.

For cannabis seeds to germinate properly, they need a warm, humid environment. The temperatures need to be between 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit. And once the seeds have germinated, they need bright, direct light to maximize growth.

Water the seeds moderately but consistently.

While cannabis seeds need constant moisture during germination, overwatering will lead to mold and spoilage. For best results, seeds should be watered gently with a spray bottle, or carefully pouring water into the soil.

Fertilizers and nutrients.

Cannabis seeds need nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in order to grow to a healthy maturity. Top quality fertilizers or nutrient solutions should be used; ones that are made for cannabis plants.

These steps will give cannabis seeds the best possible chance of germinating and growing into healthy, robust plants, and provide the best chance for a strong yield.

Sources: Sacramento Bee, Washington Post, Leafly

About the Author
Bachelor's (BA/BS/Other)
Helaine is a cannabis industry writer and marketing consultant. She has been active in the Illinois cannabis industry since 2020, and writes for a variety of national publications.
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