Only if you germinate your seeds successfully, you have a guarantee for a high-yield harvest. How you can germinate your cannabis seeds, we explain in the following instructions.
If you want to know how to grow the germinated seeds in the Bonsanto Mini Grow Box, check out our growing instructions here. The use of Bonsanto components allows you a simple grow. You don't need a PH meter, EC meter, temperature or humidity meter as you would for a grow without Bonsanto components and accessories.
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What is meant by seed germination?
At germination, the seed develops into a white shoot, which breaks through the seed wall. The hemp seed contains important nutrients for the cannabis plant as well as its genetic material.
What seeds are best for germination?
You can tell whether your purchased seeds are of good or poor quality only during the vegetative growth and flowering phase. However, you can examine your seeds in advance for their discoloration. The darker a seed is, the better its germination will be.
How long is the germination period?
The germination time of your seeds may vary depending on the chosen germination method and germination field. When your seeds can be planted in the grow medium ultimately depends on the length of the white roots. At a length of 2 to 5 mm, the seeds should be planted.
If you want to grow indoors, for example in our Bonsanto Mini Grow Box you can germinate your seeds regardless of the season.
What are important factors for seed germination?
To avoid errors in seed germination, it is important to pay attention to the three factors of temperature, humidity and light.
For hemp seed germination temperature should be between 21 and 25 degrees Celsius.
Furthermore, if you want your seeds to germinate, it is important that the soil is not wet, but moist. If the soil is too wet, it can cause the seeds to rot. A spray can is best for moistening the soil.
In the germination phase, darkness is best for your seeds. After planting the cannabis seeds in the grow medium, proper lighting is important. As a light source we recommend an LED lamp, such as the LED Full Spectrum lamp from Bonsanto, as young plants are not yet able to process high-intensity light.
Three methods for seed germination:
There are several ways how to germinate seeds. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your preference and the age and variety of your seeds, you can choose one of the following three options.
Method 1 - germination in kitchen paper
The kitchen paper method is a simple and popular way to germinate seeds. Here you germinate your seeds with the help of a moistened kitchen paper. The advantage of this method is that damaged seeds can be quickly identified and disposed of.
Moisten the kitchen roll with water and place it on a plate. Then, using a spoon or tweezers, place your seeds on the moistened kitchen roll. Make sure the seeds are a few centimeters apart so they don't get in each other's way as they root. Next, cover the seeds with a second dampened paper towel. Next, cover everything with a tray so that the seeds can germinate in darkness and humidity.
After about 1 to 4 days, white shoots should be visible on your seeds. Now you can plant the seeds with tweezers into the soil or into another growing medium. More about planting the seeds in the Mini Grow Box and the following steps can be found here .
Method 2 - Germination in water glass
This method is simple and therefore very popular among beginners growers. However, it is the least effective compared to the other two methods. However, it is especially suitable for old seeds, because they need a lot of moisture.
In this fast germination method, you throw the seeds into a glass of cold water for about 24 hours. Usually the seeds will start germinating after 24 hours. When the white roots are about 2 to 5 mm long, you can plant the seeds in your preferred grow medium. As with the paper towel method, be careful not to touch the seeds with your fingers.
Method 3 - Germination in grow medium
In the third way to germinate your seeds, you put the seeds directly into the grow medium.
Make a hole in the ground 1 centimeter deep. Put the seeds in this hole and cover them with loose soil. Then moisten the soil. After about 5 to 10 days you should be able to see the shoots of the seeds on the surface of the soil. Then it is important to start with the right lighting. If you are still looking for the best grow medium for you, check out our blog post on "Best grow box" .
These are the mistakes you should avoid when germinating seeds:
There are some mistakes that are often made and should be avoided at all costs when germinating seeds.
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If you follow our instructions, nothing should stand in the way of seed germination!
If you want to know what to do after germinating the seeds and how to plant them in the soil, check out our instructions here The Bonsanto grow boxes allow a super easy indoor grow without much prior knowledge and are therefore also suitable for grow beginners. Therefore, you can save yourself from reading a lot of theoretical knowledge if you follow growing guide .