How To Germinate Marijuana Seeds

May 20, 2021

Germination begins the life of your plant, so it is essential to understand precisely how to do it. There are many methods for germinating marijuana seeds – some more successful than others.

This guide will discuss the many ways to germinate your seeds as well as some strategies for ensuring you get the best results possible. But if even the right methods fail I stand by my seeds and replace non-germinated seeds for free.

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It Starts with the Seed
Sprouted Marijuana Seeds

Germination brings a seed out of its slumber and triggers the growth process. A seed will begin germinating once it receives enough moisture. At that point, it will increase in size and break open its shell. A germ opening forms and a root will emerge, which will help the plant absorb nutrients from the earth. Nature and gravity ensure that the root grows downwards and the stem upward, creating a young seedling that can survive off light and earth.

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Since all marijuana grows from a cannabis seed, many people want to know how to identify a healthy seed. Honestly, it is difficult to tell if a plant will be healthy based on its seed alone. There are, however some tell-tell signs. Generally speaking, a pale-green, white, or very dark marijuana seed may have trouble germinating well. But this does not always reflect the outcome of the plant and is always worth trying.

If you are unable to use all of your seeds, store them in a cool, dark and dry place until you can. A refrigerator is ideal.

Planning for Germination

Seeds are designed to germinate, but they are more likely to do so if given the ideal environment. There are many methods of germination, but they will all require:

  • Moisture to help the seed expand and break through its shell
  • Minimal interference so that delicate structures aren’t accidentally broken
  • Temperatures that mimic springtime (between 20°-22° Celsius or 68°-72° Fahrenheit)

If you remember these three things, your germination attempts are more likely to be successful.

Planning for Germination
A Seedling’s first leaves

It should go without saying that successful germination is important. Your seed is the foundation for your plants – which is why many successful growers choose to start with high-quality seeds. You can also improve your germination attempts (and possibly speed up the process) by soaking your seeds in 1% hydrogen peroxide or a compost tea solution for 12 hours before using them. This process will kill any infectious agents.

3 Simple Ways to Germinate Your Seeds

The best germination method is the one that works for you, and if you are like me, you’re going to want something simple and natural. My favorite way to germinate seeds is a 24-water soak followed by soil germination, but something else may work better for you. Here are three of the easiest ways to germinate seeds.

Germinate Seeds Directly in Soil

Planting your seeds in the soil that you intend to grow in is the most common and often, most successful method of germinating marijuana seeds. This method is perfect for ensuring young seeds have minimal interference since the fragile root is protected by the soil. It’s also the most natural way for marijuana plants to grow.

Directly in the Soil
A freshly popped seed in soil

When using soil, first make sure you use the right type. Use mildly fertilized potting soil or a seed starter. It should have a pH of approximately 6. This type of soil will have spores and mineral that help young marijuana plants thrive. Do not add nutrients – potting soil has enough nutrients for at least the first two weeks of the plant’s life. If you add any more nutrients, you risk killing your seedlings due to a nutrient overdose. Place your soil in a small pot.

In my free Grow Bible you will find even more tips for sprouting seeds

To prepare the soil for your seed, push your finger into it to create a small hole that is up to 1.5cm (0.6 inches) deep. You can also use a pen or pencil. Place one seed into the prepared hole and cover it with soil. If you’ve already germinated, the seed will have a root – place the root facing downward (more on that later). After you’ve covered your seed with loose soil, do not mess with it. That includes pushing it down further – this will happen naturally as you water it.

Use a plant sprayer to moisten the soil and place the pots under a fluorescent lamp. Don’t use a windowsill, because the temperature is not stable enough for germination. The temperature of the soil should be 22° Celsius or 72° Fahrenheit which is easy to achieve with lighting.

Keep monitoring your soil to make sure it stays moist. Within a week (or as little as 4 days) you should start seeing stems emerge from the soil. You now have a seedling! Once your plants are 2 to 4 inches tall (5 to 10 centimeters), transplant your plants into a larger pot with the stems further in the ground. Your plant will now have many roots that will support it for the rest of its life.

Germinate Seeds in Water

As I mentioned above, germinating in water is my favorite way to start my seeds. It may seem like a bad idea, as there are more water and light than recommended when using this method, but it works! I’ve found that it is around 90% effective. The “trick” is not leaving the seeds in water too long. Usually, 24 to 48 hours is enough for the seeds to show their tail, but you can leave them soaking for up to 7 days without too much of a worry.

In Water
When germinating in water seeds will sink to the bottom once they’re soaked

Water germination is useful because it assures that there is the right amount of moisture to begin germinating. If done for just a short period, it can help crack open the shell, pre-spouting the plant right before your eyes. Water germination shortens the process by making it easier for the plant rather than having to push through the soil.

To germinate with water, fill a glass with tap water and allow it to reach room temperature over a few hours. The temperature should be around 18° C or 65° F. Do not add nutrients. Drop 2 to 3 cannabis seeds into the water and watch for any changes. Refill the glass with fresh water every other day while maintaining its temperature.
After about 2 to 4 days the seeds should start to split. You can place your seeds in the soil at any point, but once the roots are 3 to 5 mm (.1 to .2 inches) long, they must be planted.

These are the basic instructions from my store that I share with new growers:

As much as I prefer to germinate my seeds in water, it does have its downside. At some point, you will need to handle your seeds, and this is risky. Germinating seeds are delicate, and the roots are especially fragile. If you harm them in any way, your plant might not develop well. Be very careful when placing your sprouted seed into the soil, and if possible place the root facing down.

Germinate with Cotton Pads or Paper Towels

Another easy way of germinating your seeds is to use cotton pads or paper towels. This is a common way of doing it because the cotton pads or paper towels can keep the seeds moist and protected. While cotton pads (or balls) or the best for this method, cheap, non-porous paper towels will work as well. Just make sure they are plain single-ply paper towels – the cloth-like ones may cause your roots to grow into the towel.

In between two cotton pads
Seeds sprouted between cotton pads showing their first tail

To germinate using cotton pads, place a few seeds between two cotton pads and moisten with a plant sprayer. When using a paper towel, place the seeds in between two paper towels and store the towel-cushioned seeds in between two plates, under an upside-down bowl or in a plastic bag. Keep the temperature around 22° Celsius, or 72° Fahrenheit, and (once again) do not place the seeds on a windowsill. In about 2 to 5 days, the seeds will start to split open, and a tiny root should appear. Place them in the soil when they are 3-5 mm or 0.1- 0.2 inches long.

Read my free Grow Bible to learn more about germination and caring for your plant.

Like the water method, germinating this way has its risk. If you are not careful, you can damage fragile roots while transporting them to the soil. You can also tangle the root in the wet paper towel if you are not extremely careful. Use your fingers or tweezers to move delicate sprouts, and don’t allow the root to grow too long before moving it into the soil.

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Other Germination Methods

Water, soil and cotton pads or paper towels are the easiest ways to germinate your seeds, but they aren’t the only ways. You can also use starter cubes or plugs. Simply drop the seed in, add water, and wait for it to germinate. They aren’t always as successful, but they eliminate the risk of damaging your root when transporting a young sprout to its final growing home. Below are two types of starter materials that can safely germinate your seeds.

Germinating Seeds in Rockwool

Rockwool provides the perfect environment for germinating seeds. It is mineral wool that is made from volcanic rock and other materials (such as basalt and limestone). Rockwool is man-made by melting its ingredients into molten lava that is quickly spun into threads. These threads are then compacted, cured and cut.

Rockwool is an ideal growing environment, but it will need to be amended slightly for marijuana plants. First of all, you will need to add some fertilizer before you use it to start seeds. The TDS should be around 600ppm. You’ll also need to lower the pH since Rockwool has a pH of 7.0, which is too high for germination. To lower the pH, soak Rockwool plugs in water for at least a day. Since water has a pH of 5.5, this will bring down the pH.

Rockwool Germination
A sprouting seed in rockwool

It should also be noted that there are some serious drawbacks to using Rockwool. Because it does not occur naturally, it’s not the best for the environment. It’s also not the greatest for your health; wear gloves and cover your mouth and eyes when handling this stuff.

Because of the extra steps involved (such as adjusting the nutrients and pH) and handling issues, this method is not recommended for beginners, although it is not terribly difficult to do. You’ll need to purchase and TDS meters for the most successful germination, but outside of that, the material is very affordable and easy to find. Because it does not require soil, this method is ideal for those who plan to grow hydroponically.

Germinating Seeds in Peat Pellets

Peat pellets are another way to germinate seeds without the risk of damaging young roots. Peat pellets are compressed peat, which is made of partially decomposed vegetable matter and is simply yummy for young plants. The pellet enlarges when you add water to it, forming a container of nutrient-dense soil alternative around germinating seeds.

Unlike Rockwool, peat is already optimized for cannabis germination. It has a pH of 5.5 and a TDS of 625, so you don’t have to worry about making any adjustments. The only preparation required is soaking the pellets in warm water. Once the roots become visible, (by popping out of the peat), simply move the entire pellet into the soil, rock wool, or coco coir, where it will continue growing. This type of germination is not recommended for hydroponic setups.

Peat Pellets
A sprouted seed in a peat pellet

Peat pellets have a good germination rate, are easy to use and are suitable for beginners. They are also ideal for cloning. I recommend the Jiffy brand of peat pellets which can be purchased on Amazon.

Germination Environment

In addition to the material used to germinate your seeds, the grow environment you provide will play a huge role as well. Your seeds will need the correct temperature and levels of moisture to sprout into a strong, healthy plant. Below are some tips for creating the perfect germination environment.

“Weak plants are the result of weak seeds and poor growing conditions.” ~ Jorge Cervantes

How to Water Sprouting Seeds

Watering is essential throughout the cannabis life cycle, and germination is no exception. Not enough water and your seeds do not germinate, too much and that root doesn’t survive. Excess water keeps oxygen from the roots and can attract mold, which is why you have to be very careful not to overdo it.

When germinating indoors using soil or another growing medium it is relatively easy to monitor the water levels. You should water your seed until you see water dripping out from below (and not more). Even though the seedling cannot absorb that much water, it will evaporate quite quickly, so you need to make sure there is always enough around. If you water it until it reaches this point, it should supply enough moisture for a few days.

Lighting and Temperature

Like water, lighting is essential to a cannabis plant. In a mature plant, light enables the plant to form sugars from carbon dioxide and water. The plant then uses those sugars to power its growth – something we humans call photosynthesis.

For a seed, lighting is important as well because it provides heat, which a seed needs to push open its shell and send its root into the earth. The best way to give your seeds the temperature it needs is with fluorescent lights. (T5 high output with a color temperature of 6500K). Fluorescent lights are ideal because they do not use too much power, and they don’t give off too much heat. You can place them as close to a young plant as you need, and although your seed doesn’t need it at this point, it will as soon as those first leaves start peeking out from the top of the soil.

Incandescent bulbs can also be used because they are great at generating heat. You can’t use them as grow lights, but for germination, they work just fine. You can also use a seedling heating pad (available at most gardening stores). These heat the seeds from the bottom instead of the top. They will not be enough once your plant has started growing, however.

Keep the temperature of the soil around 72 degrees. Seeds germinate best in warm, humid temperatures, similar to springtime. To create a humid environment, wrap plastic wrap around your pot, creating a biodome for your plants. Just remember to remove the plastic wrap the minute you see any sprouts emerge from the soil. If the soil, or water, or whatever you are growing in is hotter than 72 degrees Fahrenheit, move the lamp further away from the plant. Dry air won’t kill seedlings, but if you can reduce it, even better.

Where to Germinate Seeds

When you’re planning your outdoor grow and you received your seeds, it’s best to germinate them indoors. This is because indoors it is much easier to maintain the correct temperature, water levels, and light exposure. Even if you plan to grow your plants outdoors, you do not want to try starting them outside (unless you absolutely need to). Outdoors you must worry about rain, clouds and plenty of other things that could keep your seeds from sprouting. You’ll also have to wait until the final frost has passed, meaning your growing season may be delayed compared to if you had started the seeds inside. Starting indoors give you a head start and your plants a better chance at survival.

outdoor germination

If you still plan to germinate outdoors, choose a location that will support the plant its entire life. You will not be moving the plant so choose wisely. Plant seeds when corn is typically planted in your area. Dig 6x6x6 holes at least three feet apart and fill them with potting soil. This will give the seeds enough nutrients to start. Then, dig a small, quarter-inch deep hole into the potting soil and drop the seed in. Soak that soil with water, and water it again in a few days if the weather is warm enough. You can use row covers to protect your seeds and keep the area warm but be careful to not leave them on too long – young plants will need the light once they break through the soil.

In my free Grow Bible you will find even more tips for sprouting seeds

There is, of course, a benefit to starting your seeds outdoors if you plan to grow outdoors. Your plant will have more time to adjust to its environment and will be less likely to suffer from shock when moved outdoors. So it might be worth it if you know what you are doing. Just remember to leave plenty of space for your plants (those little seeds can grow quite large), know the weather patterns in your environment, keep your eye out for animals that may eat your seeds and use potting soil to provide the right amount of nutrients.

Planting your Germinated Seeds

Once your seeds have sprouted, they should be planted. If you’ve used a germination method that requires you to move your sprouts, do so carefully, as the taproot is very fragile. You do not want to touch it. If you touch it or break it, it may survive, but it will definitely stunt your plant’s growth.

When planting, drop the white root downward. It should be placed about half an inch to an inch in the growing medium (knuckle deep). The top of the seed should sit just below the surface. Cover lightly and allow about a week (10 days maximum) for the seedling to break through the soil. It may emerge the same day – but if it hasn’t peeked through by 10 days, it likely did not survive.

If your seed is accidentally planted upside down, do not worry. Nature has a way of working itself out. As long as there is enough room for the roots to grow down eventually, they will. Give it some time and let it do its thing!

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FAQ About Germinating Cannabis Seeds

Is it better to germinate seeds before planting them?

Yes. This is true with most plants.

Do seeds germinate better in the dark?

Yes. Cannabis seeds will germinate better in the dark.

Should seeds be covered to germinate?

Yes. This will trap the moisture and prevent it escaping into the atmosphere.

In the end, when the plant is fully grown you will need to start thinking about flowering and harvest time. Our free little Harvest Guide will help you determine the best moment to cut your plants. Download it here.

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Happy Growing!


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  1. By david myers ,27 Jan 2015
    Thanks! I need all the help I can get. I don't have any experience growing indoors!!
    1. By medMUser ,20 Feb 2016
      If you put the new root tip facing down with the pointed end up, you'll have better results. Less stress on the new sprout this way. When the seeds sprout, if you have ever noticed, the root tip will ALWAYS […]Read More
      1. By Jennifer ILGM ,22 Feb 2016
        Thanks for the tip and sharing medMUser.
      2. By Matt S. ,29 Apr 2018
        Thanks, this was very helpful.
    2. By Erin ,07 Aug 2018
      Please do yourself a favor. Buy clones to start. You're guaranteed to get a female plant, and just one male will ruin your whole harvest. I grew my first time with seeds. I didn't know how to tell the difference […]Read More
  2. By Peter ,30 Jan 2015
    Hi Robert can you tell me what is the best type of Fluro light for germination, I'm using rockwool and trying to grow indoors in a tent using water hydro instead of soil, I have Gold seeds, can this be […]Read More
  3. By Chris ,04 Feb 2015
    Peter, the best type of fluorescent lights for germination and vegetation period are T5 HO (high output) with a color temperature of 6500K
    1. By Danell ,05 Aug 2019
      Wanting start. Thanks for this info...
  4. By Icebox grower ,06 Feb 2015
    Second grow started...I learned a lot with my first grow, not a positive experience with seed germination. This time around I read intensely and studied your Grow Bible, especially the germination section. I decided to use two methods together, glass […]Read More
    1. By Robert Bergman ,03 Apr 2015
      Great! Thanks for sharing your experience... Robert
  5. By Mike ,07 Feb 2015
    what is the best way to store remaining seeds to keep them fresh and viable for my next grow.???
    1. By Robert Bergman ,03 Apr 2015
      Hi Mike, It's best to store them at a cool, dark and dry place. A fridge is perfect Robert
    2. By Danell ,05 Aug 2019
      Wanting start. Thanks for this info...
  6. By SAM ,16 Feb 2015
  7. By Steve ,19 Feb 2015
    My favorite germination method is water soaking (less than 24 hours) then transfer to moist paper towel. That works for me 90% of the time.
    1. By Michael ,21 Feb 2019
      Yes i agree, that is the way i do it and so far ive got a 100% germination rate. (15 plants so far)
  8. By Clayton Parsons ,23 Feb 2015
    Enjoy reading grow guide. Like your weekly tips and tutorials. Great service on seed orders. TY
  9. By Jasone ,02 Mar 2015
    In your book you talk about the white light being 4" from the leaves. The light is 240 w. For how long does this last till I move the plants to the yellow light?
    1. By latewood ,29 May 2015
      Not sure I know what you mean by 240w lamp. The white light, or the yellow light? You induce flowering when the plant is no more than half way up to the lamp, when lamp is at highest point allowed […]Read More
    2. By TJ aka Mr. Grow good ,12 Mar 2017
      Yellow n red lights turned to 12 on 12 off will let ur plants no that the end of summer is near and let's ur plants no it's time to start flowering. use a light for veg. that has more […]Read More
  10. By MARCO AGUIAR ,03 Mar 2015
    I'm having issues I can't diagnose via your forums and Grow Bible. How do I obtain Plant Care?
    1. By latewood ,29 May 2015
      Open a topic in the appropriate board on the forum. Copy/Paste a "support ticket" with the pertinent info. Message me the link, and I will attempt to help you out. :)
  11. By gary ,04 Mar 2015
    hi Robert. well after much anticipation and worry, i finally have 2 seedlings. i'm sure there will be others very soon. my question now,,,,light requirements, and how far away should the light source be, to prevent spindly growth. that has […]Read More
    1. By Robert Bergman ,03 Apr 2015
      Hi Gary, Put the lights as close as possible but don't let temperatures exceed 76 degrees. Fluorescent lights are great for seedlings... Robert
  12. By ken ,17 Mar 2015
    i grow at 8000 lumens a square foot and never have plants that streach, biggest thing is to have proper light
  13. By Danielle ,25 Apr 2015
    When is it a good time to start planting in So Florida? I'm having problems with my plants are always stunted these pass two times I'm trying to grow. and I'm growing outside in the back yard...Thanks in Advance
    1. By R D P ,10 May 2015
      I start indoors in jiffy pots during april through early june and when four true leaves appear move them out side I get enormous plants and bud using horse manure,compost tea,worm castings and a little blood and bone meal also […]Read More
      1. By Jennifer ILGM ,11 May 2015
        Thanks for all your tips and sharing your experience Danielle!
  14. By Diane ,30 Apr 2015
    I had 90% germination of my seeds by putting them in warm water in shot glasses. Then I sat the glasses on top of my hot water heater in the closet -- in the dark. Within a few days some […]Read More
    1. By Jennifer ILGM ,01 May 2015
      Great! Thanks for sharing your experience Diane!
  15. By Nicolas ,06 May 2015
    So Florida has perfect weather for growing. Especially now that it's raining so much in Miami, then pure sunshine, the vegetative states should be at soaring heights
  16. By booder23 ,13 May 2015
    I started with a bag of about 15-20 seeds I turned the dirt over 12"x12" in my backyard outside picked out all the grass and just drop all 15-20 seed and now I have abou1 5-20 planets come up like […]Read More
    1. By latewood ,29 May 2015
      You need to have them spaced at least 2-3' apart. If need be, gently dig them up individually, taking care as to not disturb the roots. Gently replant them at a decent spacing. :)
  17. By John Cox ,14 May 2015
    Thank you Robert for those seeds .We will do business this fall after I harvest my 4 different patches .Wish me luck and keep growing it green .
  18. By nighthawk ,29 May 2015
    I have not had the chance to read all of the bible yet, but 2 things I need to ask, you dont mention the double ended light style, or sulpher plasma, LED nor anything about the Blue spectrum and its […]Read More
    1. By latewood ,29 May 2015
      It is definitely better to have a full spectrum of light. I use HPS bulbs with enhanced blue spectrum. The industry standard is the RYE Hortilux. Most growers use 1 or another due to budget limitations. Some use MH (blue) […]Read More
  19. By nighthawk ,29 May 2015
    with so many choices of lighting to use, which would you suggest is the best? ie.. Metal Halide, HPS, T5, LED,Induction Lighting or Sulphur Plasma? I did find this website with a comparison of all these types of lights, and […]Read More
  20. By nighthawk ,29 May 2015
    addition to my last message... this is what Hortilux claims..."HORTILUX BLUE is the closest match to natural sunlight of any light source available today" But, isn't Sulfur Plasma closer match to sunlight?
  21. By Winter ,20 Jun 2015
    What are the best seeds for central Minnesota?
  22. By latewood ,24 Jun 2015
    We do not use plasma lamps; So, it would be incecent of us to speculate on whether this new idea is better. I can say; I am a big fan of Switchable digital lamp systems. They are efficient, and they […]Read More
  23. By roy ,29 Jun 2015
    newby at growing, love all the qt. and ans. and advice. it is complicated when you have limited $ and room. 65 on fixed income. old vet. hippy. love my herb. keep it green. I want to grow one or […]Read More
    1. By Jimbob ,25 Aug 2015
      Try YouTube videos..some are good, some not. Bare basic Lighting: standard cfl's with a 3 or 4 bulb bath light fixture with socket splitters. Can get 6 or 8 bulbs on one fixture, need the 6500k. I think the homedepot […]Read More
      1. By corners ,21 Dec 2017
        " If you water it too little" A tip, most people over water. It's easy to fix under watered, its hard to fix over-watered A good way to learn to water any plant, is ti pick the plant and pot […]Read More
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  25. By David1954 ,25 Jul 2015
    Hi, Another great read full of the best tips. Many thanks.
  26. By Mattman ,29 Jul 2015
    I use the compressed peat pods ("Jiffy Pellets") for the initial planting of seed. They're so easy and convenient to move and keep moist. Once the seed pops up and white roots are just barely poking through the sides and/or […]Read More
    1. By Deepsand ,21 Sep 2018
      Peat pots have no nutritional value to provide the rapidly growing plant. I plant in the small jiffy pod and once the seedling has grown for a week or so I place the pod directly in the soil in a […]Read More
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  32. By Ghostwire ,01 Sep 2015
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    1. By Jennifer ILGM ,01 Sep 2015
      Thanks Ghostwire, great tip!
    2. By jay sliger ,24 Oct 2015
      Hey, what a great idea, do you keep a eye on the temp?
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  36. By jay sliger ,24 Oct 2015
    I really love all of your articles and all that i can find, i am also a member of your blog. So anyway as far as germinating seeds...what i do is soak them for about 24 hours in water,then i […]Read More
  37. By latewood.ILGM ,27 Oct 2015
    Always keep an eye on temps in the room, tent, closet or...ETC. Always make sure if you are growing ina hydroponics system to keep your water temps below 70f, 21c
  38. By Bob ,21 Nov 2015
    What is the best seed for cancer lung. Indoor and outdoor. Want to make good oil.
  39. By latewood.ILGM ,21 Nov 2015
    Bob. I answered this question in another blog post. Posting the same question over and over, does not get you help any faster. "Gold Leaf" by Robert Bergmann
  40. By Martin ,11 Dec 2015
    Hey Robert, Im plating outdoors but I germinate the seeds in a pot in my house and then transplant them. When would be the best moment to transplant? Thanks!
  41. By latewood.ILGM ,12 Dec 2015
    Martin, You can transplant to outdoors whenever you determine the plant to be strong enough to hold up against the wind, and after it has developed a strong root zone.
  42. By Layton ,13 Jan 2016
    I plan on growing inside and transferring them to an outdoor place covered by trees and next to a river. I plan on using the peat pellets, but I won't be able to use any special lighting. Would it be […]Read More
  43. By latewood.ILGM ,14 Jan 2016
    If you are going to start your seeds inside and plan to move the plants outside later; You really do need to pot them and allow them to become strong young plants before moving outdoors. I am not sold on […]Read More
  44. By latewood.ILGM ,14 Jan 2016
    As far as to what strain would work best; I suggest that you find a strain in our seed shop that fits your needs. All will grow in Central Texas.
  45. By Taylor ,15 Jan 2016
    So I'm new to this and super stoked. I live in southern Texas near Laredo. There is also a lot of oil in my town so I was wondering if it was even possible to grow with these conditions?
  46. By latewood.ILGM ,18 Jan 2016
    Taylor, I can only assume that you are asking about growing outside. I am sure that there is a window of grow season in Laredo. I cannot tell you anything about the soil there, but I would grow indoors where […]Read More
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  48. By M ,03 Mar 2016
    First time grower, gotta say "THANK YOU " !!!!! All seeds arrived quickly and discreetly, I followed your germination recommendations and to say all 5 seeds germinated and are looking great for only 4 days in soil.Fingers crossed, and I'll […]Read More
    1. By Jennifer ILGM ,04 Mar 2016
      Thank you M! We look forward to your updates, If you have any questions let us know.
  49. By bamsbuds ,04 Mar 2016
    All seeds showed up quickly, in water now waiting to germ. Fantastic service, thanks ilgm keep you posted on all stages of growth.
  50. By Bacterial And Fungal Controls ,24 Mar 2016
    […] a completely safe control, as humans, plants and animals will not be harmed. It can be used in the germination process, as a soil soak or foliar application. In fact, colloidal silver has been known to strengthen many […]
  51. By Doug ,02 Apr 2016
    Livin Hi in AR. USA delivered in 10 days Very impressive ! The Ozark Mts. of Arkansas makes for some Fine Livin ! I'm told, Hill Billies love it. Thanks for your contribution to my Happiness Thank You for a […]Read More
  52. By Scott breihof ,07 Apr 2016
    I have grown a few plants over the past few years. All the same way in a greenhouse in soil. Never had a problem germinating until this year the difference is I ordered seeds from this company. I bought five […]Read More
  53. By Jon ,09 Apr 2016
    Just like to say that I keep things simple. I bought 10 white willow seeds. Put them in between 2 wet paper towels, put on a baggie, and put them on top of my hot water heater. In 3 days […]Read More
  54. By Griz ,04 May 2016
    I tried the small peat pods in the small plastic greenhouse. When I tried to pull the covering off the top gently the whole netting came off, and all I had was a pile of peat, in which I couldn't […]Read More
    1. By Griz ,04 May 2016
      Problem solved . I put enough Mir. Grow pot. Soil into a 3gal pot, created suitable space for the transplant, removed plant from 8" pot, roots growing well all around outer edge. I guess that may be why plant growing […]Read More
    2. By Griz ,04 May 2016
      Problem solved . I put enough Mir. Grow pot. Soil into a 3gal pot, created suitable space for the transplant, removed plant from 8" pot, roots growing well all around outer edge. I guess that may be why plant growing […]Read More
    3. By latewood.ILGM ,07 May 2016
      Griz, More likely the plant is genetically disposed to bushiness. INdica maybe...
  55. By Robert ,02 Jun 2016
    Soak in water 24 hours, into the soil outdoors. Mist multiple times daily until healthy. GL and WW Sprouts appear in 2 to 5 days.
  56. By FyshhTrap ,26 Jun 2016
    I soaked my ILGM seeds in water and they Popped within 24 hrs. Much better than the, paper towel method I"ve used in the past, Also am Now using MG potting soil for starting plants. Very easy Thanks
  57. By jason ,30 Jun 2016
    most of my seed didn't germinate, the ones that did died a few days later. i followed the steps provided, and even tried different methods. Had the least amount of luck with the strawberry kush, gold leaf, and super skunk. […]Read More
  58. By Tim ,12 Jul 2016
    My ex-hippie born&bred girlfriend used to pop the seed/s under her tongue and continue doing odd jobs for a half hour or so- to get them nicely warm, wet and ready for their germination bed. Kinda sexy at the time!
  59. By Fred ,20 Aug 2016
    Could you give comments on Deep Water Culture and LED grow lights? For indoor growing in Northern Climes, It allows more control of conditions. Thanks.
    1. By Terry ,24 Dec 2020
      I have been successfully doing "deep water" with LED lights for over 3 harvests in NW Montana, great results each time gets better.
  60. By latewood.ILGM ,24 Aug 2016
    Fred, You should download and read our free grow bible before you get started, and then I advise you to join our support forum. We have many knowledgeable growers and experts that can help guide you. The questions you are […]Read More
  61. By Mike ,06 Dec 2016
    Been soaking WW seed for 24 hours and it's still floating at the top is this a bum seed or will it sprout ?
    1. By Roy ILGM ,08 Dec 2016
      Hi Mike, we've seen seeds sprout after a week of soaking. I'm not saying this one will need that much time but give it a little more :)
      1. By Sharon ,20 Jan 2019
        Roy, I just started soaking my Patriot pack that I bought last October. I thought they seeds were supposed to sink after 10 or 20 minutes. been soaking for 12 hours. How long before I call these duds?
  62. By Michael Douglas ,28 Dec 2016
    Hello there, I recently put a couple seeds down in Fox Farm soil. I am indoors , and the temp is controlled. However, my seeds have been down longer than 7 days and they are under flouresents but no germination […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM ,29 Dec 2016
      Hi Michael, there are a multitide of factors at work here. Actually too much to answer here. Best go onto our support forum and have our experts take a look. Create a topic there and supply as much info as […]Read More
  63. By Happy Larry ,16 Jan 2017
    It is important to start your grow with good quality seeds, bad seeds won't get you a supergroup. I always order my seeds online, straight from Amsterdam. They have over 40 years of experience there and you notice it in […]Read More
  64. By Mark ,01 Feb 2017
    Thank you ILGM and Robert, I look forward to receiving my first order with you. I live in the desert, outside of Las Vegas to be exact. I intend to germinate and get started indoors using sunlight and then transplant […]Read More
  65. By latewood_ILGM ,01 Feb 2017
    Mark, We are not set up for intense grow support here in the blog. I invite you to join our support forum where you can learn all the necessary points for growing successfully. We have a couple grow mentors that […]Read More
  66. By Dylan Cletus ,04 Feb 2017
    robert i have kept approximately 50-50 seeds for germination but my problem is that i might not have enough pots to grow one in each can i plant 6-7 plants in a 20 liter pot?
  67. By dot ,19 Feb 2017
    budget wise i have to come up with other ideas to germinate my seeds ,, so this is it and it works great ,,get 6 toilet tissuses, fold 2 times , wet tissuses , put seeds onto paper , put […]Read More
  68. By Robert ,30 Mar 2017
    Paper towel method works best for me , I have 100% success rate , just did 5 white rhino and all seeds sprouted in 48 hours !!
  69. By Bob the Builder ,15 Apr 2017
    A real newbie here! Have my grow space together. Going to soak the seeds 24 hours +- Then plant in 4" peat pots I have Fox Farm's soil Ocean Forest potting soil. Am I missing anything?
    1. By Roy ILGM ,18 Apr 2017
      Hi Bob, you look ready to go. Be sure to hop onto our support forum. Fellow growers can help you with any questions you may have – I❤️GM
  70. By Roy ,22 Apr 2017
    Having germination problems!! 72 degrees, is that air temp of the room OR the moist soil???
    1. By latewood.ILGM ,25 Apr 2017
      Roy, During the propagation of seeds, we all like a warm humid climate. High humidity is key. Warm beds. Perhaps you need a heating mat. We would love to see you around the support forum to share your experience. :) […]Read More
  71. By Anna ,27 Apr 2017
    I don't grow outdoors anymore however when I did, I always planted at the correct phase of the moon and you'd be surprised by the difference it makes! I used to by a MoonChart every year but I'm sure Google […]Read More
    1. By shells ,28 Nov 2018
      I live in NE. Pennsylvania and want to grow out doors. How soon can I plant oudoors. I plan on growing lowryder.
  72. By Christine ,03 May 2017
    Hello, im a first time grower in southern california. I have my seeds in water right now and am planning on putting them in the starter pots as soon as they sprout. What are average results of growing the plants […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM ,04 May 2017
      Hi Christine, there are too many factors in place to answer this question. I advise you to hop onto our support forum. Our experts there can help you out with your first grow and answer all your questions. – I❤️GM
  73. By Ketrenna ,22 May 2017
    What happens if the seed pod falls off while transferring from wet paper towel to soil? (transferred with tweezers and placed very smoothly)
    1. By latewood.ILGM ,25 May 2017
      Ketrenna, As long as the sprout Cotyledon, was not damaged and you are referring to just the actual husk falling off, then you should not have any worry. – I❤️GM
  74. By glo ,21 Jul 2017
    Hi"I'm a first time grower. some of my seeds are 30 years old, sister had them in a sealed tin. do you think they are any good???
    1. By Roy ILGM ,24 Jul 2017
      Hi glo, 30 years is a long time! If stored cool and dry all that time they may still germinate. Only one way to find out :)
    2. By Matthew ,28 Jul 2017
      A bunch of them will be. Seeds live a long time in the wild and these were kept dark and dry. SOAK them in water until they sink or when you tap them they sink. Then I use paper towel […]Read More
  75. By matthew ,28 Jul 2017
    Live in small condo and need to use my kitchen for veg room. North facing double slider door. Can I run lights dark hours only? Or run lights 18 or 24. I am going to be using this space for […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM ,28 Jul 2017
      Hi Matthew, I see you have quite some questions. The best place to get answers is our support forum Our experts and fellow growers can answer all questions you may have
  76. By matt ,28 Jul 2017
    hi. new grower here and I have blueberry, pineapple haze, and strawberry kush germinated for 24 hours in wet napkin. got a tap root and put them in peat pellets. they are under a 6500k t5 grow light roughly 2" […]Read More
  77. By latewood_ILGM ,05 Aug 2017
    Matt, Never add nutrients until you have at least 4-5 true sets of leaves which proves there is a root zone to take up nutrients. Be patient or you will kill your seedlings. As far as sprouts not coming up; […]Read More
  78. By Mahlon ,16 Aug 2017
    I germinate my seeds the same way I make alfalfa and wheat sprouts , in wide mouth mason jars using screened lids found at natural food stores. Also been having success using my cloner and rooting directly in a foam […]Read More
  79. By Kelly ,16 Aug 2017
    What can I do to help seeds that pop just enough to show white, then stall out? Never had a problem before, but this batch of TrainWreck has done it 3 times now. According to Murphy's Law #420.7, if I […]Read More
  80. By Mallory ,29 Aug 2017
    Thanks as always for your excellent guides, Rob! I'm sprouting 5 plants in a dome at the moment, and they're growing fast! I've been trying to keep my humidity between 50-60%, is this ideal? My temperature has been pretty steady […]Read More
  81. By Ray ,04 Sep 2017
    should you add nutrients to the water when you first start to germinate the seeds in rockwool, or wait till they have some good root growth first?
  82. By Tim potter ,21 Nov 2017
    I'm just starting to germinate some seeds inrockwall .this guy says add low nutes I've always been told the seed has all it needs for at least the first few weeks from sprouting so I think it's wrong to give […]Read More
  83. By bill ,17 Jan 2018
    theyre plants.just chuck em in water and voila,germination theres no rocket science involved. Less is always better. dont change more than 1 thing at any time to see whats working and whats not. most folk crash the 1st couple attempts […]Read More
  84. By Tim ,22 Jan 2018
    I am planning on germination in peat containers and then going to 30 gallon grow bags. Any suggestions on soil ix for the bag?
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,22 Jan 2018
      from starter to 30 gallons is not efficient. You are going to waste a lot of soil because the roots will go to the bottom and all the upper soil will be unused. you must transplant in stages. several stages […]Read More
  85. By shawn ,27 Aug 2018
    You are rite on the mark.I drop my seeds in water and when I see the tap root pop out I put it in the soil with a success rate of 100%.
  86. By Markie ,05 Sep 2018
    I am not optimistic about this attempt to be a grower again, I am out close to $200 over the last 2 or 3 month's, and it looks like all i have to show for it ? is 3 small […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,24 Sep 2018
      As long as you have your order number and contacts [email protected], you should get a response. If all 10 seeds popped and only one grew; It is highly possible you have something going wrong. We have all of customers claim […]Read More
  87. By latewood_ILGM ,12 Sep 2018
    John Hayes, If you have determined females and plan on moving plants to a dedicated location, do it now before there is any chance of contamination or pollination. Since you are sexing, I must assume you bought regilar seeds from […]Read More
  88. By Jafo ,21 Feb 2019
    I do the water germination, I use a half cup, and add seeds, 24 hours usually tells me which seeds are good or bad, as in if the seeds drop to the bottom of the cup they're good, floaters I […]Read More
  89. By Anthony ,23 Feb 2019
    Very helpful but I like to start it where it's going to be growing full term
  90. By Susan ,24 Mar 2019
    Hi there planted my seeds , how long do i keep the lights on and when do i change to 18 hours on 6 hours off?
    1. By latewood ILGM ,02 Apr 2019
      Susan. you should be on 18/6 from the start. This does away with guessing, and you do not have to reset your timer every grow. Think of it as if you planted outdoors; There is always a dark period. Even […]Read More
  91. By Harry ,10 Apr 2019
    How do you get rid of p.m. when your plants are in the budding stage 4 weeks into it
  92. By Peter ,13 Apr 2019
    Is the germination process the same with all seeds? I bought some auto flowering seeds and am not sure to germinate the same as feminized seeds.
    1. By Stacy ILGM ,15 Apr 2019
      Hey Peter, you can just germinate them the same way as you would on your regular fem seeds. :)
  93. By Roger ,04 May 2019
    Ty very useful information i usually start with clones
  94. By Ken ,07 May 2019
    I don't know what's happend to my seed they just stop germination at half and I think that because adding Too much water
  95. By Jammy ,22 May 2019
    Gravity??? WTF are you high? Think about what you just wrote there.
  96. By Curt ,11 Jun 2019
    Thanks so much! I live in south Texas. Its quit a challenge here. Thanks for all the tips!
  97. By Rick ,19 Jun 2019
    I used peat pellets the gold leaf where all pale and real small nothing happen got one left the other two pop then died that's from the premium mix pack
  98. By robert ,26 Jun 2019
    hi ordered lsd seeds the last time buying ten , i have 1 seed sprout with tap root 9 seeds start to open then no more tap root growth so planted 2 weeks ago no plant growth 1 just ordered […]Read More
  99. By Gary k baier ,02 Sep 2019
    Hey Robert it's Gary here love love love your strains being said my seedlings r 4 days old what should my ph b for water and how long do I keep it at the # ?
  100. By John ,07 Sep 2019
    I have some plants that 2 are like 3 to 4 in tall and have white hairs coming out of top of plants the others have none .what's up they are very small plants to have buds starting
  101. By Ester ,08 Sep 2019
    My plants are ready for flushing on there 4th day and they have tiny black bugs because the leaves have holes. Wat is it???
  102. By Martín Garza ,13 Sep 2019
    None of the seeds I bought from you all have germinated and I have bought 300 shunk ferminaized very poor quality cheap quality
  103. By latewood_ILGM ,01 Oct 2019
    Ester, This is not a bug article Q and A. Here you go; I Suggest You Go Here: Support.Ilovegrowingmarijuana.Com Our Members And Staff Can Help Give You Informed Advice. We Have A Lot Of Topics That You Can Research.
  104. By latewood_ILGM ,01 Oct 2019
    Martín Garza, Contact customer support at the forum link below! Our seeds are guaranteed and always have high % of germination. It is possible that you did something wrong. IN fact; If you want to; I Suggest You Go Here: […]Read More
  105. By steve ,12 Oct 2019
    how do you know if seeds are good?
  106. By Michael ,14 Nov 2019
    I have planted my seedlings 2 days ago. I have 2000 watt full spectrum lad light. I have hung it 20 inches above the potted seeds. I am concerned it may be too close to the seedlings. Any advise would […]Read More
    1. By Latewood_ILGM ,01 Dec 2019
      My advice to you is: Use T5 lamps or smaller 40 +/- led lamps for seedlings not high powered flowering lamps. Happy growing
  107. By john ,20 Nov 2019
    I have to say I'm never happy when I buy seeds or I never used to be but since I started buying from ilgm I know I'm going to be happy with the results. When you grow from seed you […]Read More
  108. By Rodney ,21 Dec 2019
    Hey buddy, this is a friendly newbie here,I have been studying for 1 year and slowly gathering the essentials for a small closet grow. I'm going 600 mh hps foxfarm on my soil and nutrients. I have a ph pen […]Read More
  109. By Red Sun ,17 Mar 2020
    Waiting for plants to germinate in jiffy peat pellets. the ph reads 7.0 and I understand the best ph is 5.5 - 6.5 what should I do at this point...Well Water is 7.0 ph
  110. By Kev ,21 Mar 2020
    Hi Team, bought couple of auto seads 2 years ago and didnt had the chance to plant as i wasnt ready at that time, now that im geared up i got started the 3 seeds i germinated last 5 days […]Read More
  111. By Dan ,21 Mar 2020
    Thanks for the info I have grown before but I Forget steps
  112. By Frank ,25 Mar 2020
    I dont use light to germinate my seeds. I do it in the dark. They sprout fast and strong. As soon as they show is when I put them under lights
  113. By Lindsay ,01 Apr 2020
    Thanks for the insite of. germanation
  114. By Jeff ,28 Apr 2020
    I think my seeds were old took at least a week for them to break through the seed and its been a week have only 1 plant growing
  115. By Mark ,10 May 2020
    Three weeks no tap root What should I do. Used jiffy cups.and pap
  116. By Jon ,08 Jun 2020
    I found a seed in an old stash box that was at least 17-20 years old. Just for fun, I put the seed in one of those spongy things. It germinated.
  117. By Frank ,30 Jun 2020
    I’m looking for the right soil for new seedlings. What can I use?
  118. By mrbill ,10 Jul 2020
    can i germenat and grow my autoflowing plant in my green house and avoid the use of lights
  119. By Nena ,01 Aug 2020
    When do you begin counting week 1 of veg? 2 weeks of germinating/seedlings and then week 1 veg?
  120. By Travis ,19 Nov 2020
    I ran a test to see the best way to germinate. I put 4 seed is in a couple glasses of water, I also put 2 seeds in a pot of seed raising soil and I put 4 seeds into […]Read More
  121. By Tommy D ,28 Nov 2020
    Thanks for the information I'll be planting outside in the spring but will start my seeds indoors
  122. By Trina ,10 Dec 2020
    I just germinated a gorilla glue seed but haven’t planted her yet. Should I place her in a coco coir nutrient potting soil in a small peat pot and then first transplant start using Bergman nutrients. Or make up the […]Read More
  123. By Steven ,04 Jan 2021
    Do you recommend precision needle seeders for doing large-scale seeding? Seriously considering a Bouldin & Lawson but I want to make sure it is efficient prior to purchasing. My main concern is regarding the ability to germinate the seeds prior […]Read More
  124. By Ronald ,24 Jan 2021
    I bought bbg fem seeds as of now two did not germinate. the other two strains did fine(2 of each). What can we do to make this right?
  125. By Chuck ,05 Feb 2021
    I have been waiting for material I ordered from "Pot four a Pot", but in reading the provided instruction on germination, I have decided to start the germination process tomorrow (02/05)! Getting excited!
  126. By James ,10 Feb 2021
    I feel compelled to share this no muss no fuss germination process i learned from my wife... Fill your growing reseptical with preferred dirt or growing material, whatever you plan on keeping your plant in through its life. Take half […]Read More
  127. By Pete Hackleman ,17 Mar 2021
    I purchased 15 seeds that cost around $175 from ILGM. Combination of Gorilla Glue, Bruce Banner, and Girl Scout Cookies. All Gorilla Glues sprouted. Only 2 Bruce Banners and 2 Girl Scout Cookies sprouted. One of the Girl Scout cookie […]Read More
    1. By Beau ,16 Apr 2021
      I’ve had the same problem with my fruity mix pack, banana kush seeds were excellent but the mango and blackberry kush seeds weren’t real good. Did you get any response from Ilgm?
  128. By Big Daddy ,03 Apr 2021
    use rockwool and soak in adjusted ph of 6 then place seed in hole and gentle pull the moist sides to cover the hole. Place on germ mat/dome with led turned down but close temp 85 to 88. 100 percent […]Read More
  129. By Mickey ,07 Apr 2021
    Help, my seeds germinate fine using the water method. But they fail to cast off their hard outer seed shells. I’ve even tried picking them off carefully but under the hard shell is a clearish brown filament that continues to […]Read More
  130. By Beau ,16 Apr 2021
    Hi guys, I’m having trouble getting some of the seeds in my “fruity mix pack” to pop. All the banana kush sprouted well but only 2 of five for the mango and I’m trying the last 2 blackberry kush seeds […]Read More
  131. By steve ,04 May 2021
    Thank you Robert I have started your seeds under light. How long do i keep them on constant light? Before i start my 18 hr cycle?
  132. By Michael ,07 May 2021
    Great information! There is a typo on your FAQ section “ Do seeds germinate better in the dark? Yes. Cannabis seeds will germinate better in the date.”. I assume “date” should be “dark” Much love PPP✌️
    1. By Stacy ILGM ,10 May 2021
      Hey Michael, Thanks for pointing that out! We will rectify it right away. :) Stacy ILGM
  133. By alienofasoul ,13 Jun 2021
    I like to use the paper towel in a ziploc / freezer bag . holds the water in and i can just toss it in the closet . I did find out the hard way about 2/ply towels , so […]Read More

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