Through cloning, you can create a new harvest with exact replicas of your favorite plant. Because genetics are identical, a clone will give you a plant with the same characteristics as the mother, such as flavor, cannabinoid profile, yield, grow time, etc. So if you come across a specific strain or phenotype you really like, you might want to clone it to reproduce more buds that have the same effects and characteristics.
Seeds found in finished cannabis buds can develop for a number of reasons. For example, a male plant may have accidentally pollinated a flowering female during the growing process. But more commonly, they’re a sign of stress and can be attributed to high temperatures during the final stages of flowering or an exaggerated spike in climate or environment.
What are feminized cannabis seeds?
To get the buds found in medical and recreational stores, female cannabis plants are grown in an environment without males—or the males are removed from the area before they release pollen—so the females don’t create seeds. Females can then focus their energies on producing buds and not seeds—this high-potency marijuana is traditionally known as “sinsemilla,” meaning “seedless.”
Autoflowering seeds are also popular with beginning growers. They are easy to grow because you don’t have to worry about light cycles and how much light a plant receives.
Germination is the process in which a seed sprouts and begins to grow into a new plant. Also referred to as “popping,” germination is the very first step in starting your weed grow.
The dome of the plastic container will create your seeds’ own mini tropical climate. If you then place all the components in a temperature-controlled cupboard, you will have created a self-perpetuating supply of moisture—no need to touch the seeds again until they are ready to be transferred to your final growing medium as a young seedling. Using the stone wool block method, your seeds should germinate in one to two days.
Often overlooked, it is all too easy to assume that the vegetative and flowering stages of cannabis growth are the most critical parts of the plant’s life cycle. However, with the chance of failure high unless you know what you’re doing, poor planning when it comes to germination can make or break your next grow. Giving your cannabis seeds the best possible start on their journey to bulging buds is a surefire way to encourage a healthy and robust plant.
There is, of course, a far simpler way to germinate seeds. Ideal for beginners, the feminized starter kit by Royal Queen Seeds has everything you need to kick-start your next cannabis project.
PLANTING DIRECTLY INTO SOIL
You will need to invest in a few pieces of unique equipment, but by using stone wool blocks, you can create a perfect utopia for germinating cannabis seeds. Soak the stone wool blocks in the same way you would a soil medium. The wool will retain the moisture and prevent the need to water during the early stages of germination. After the wool blocks are soaked, stick them in a plastic tray that also has a lid. Large cake tubs are ideal.
Before we jump straight into the germination methods, there are a couple of germination golden rules. For the best results, we recommend staying within these guidelines, no matter how you choose to germinate. That being said, of all the factors to consider, temperature is one of the most critical. Seeds will always seek out even the smallest amount of moisture, but they use temperature as a sign that they need to do so.
If you don’t like the idea of pre-soaking your soil, you can use a spray to moisten the holes before you plant each seed. With enough moisture surrounding your seeds, you can still encourage a root to develop.
• The ideal temperature is between 22° and 25°C (71–77°F)
• Your growing environment should be damp/moist, but never wet
• Relative humidity range should be between 70% and 90%
• Seeds favour fluorescent lighting (Cool White code 33)
• Minimise the amount of seed handling you do
• In hydroponic/rockwool plugs, the ideal PH value is 5.8–6.2
The Seed Type parameter in our Seed Selector allows you to choose between regular or feminised seeds. Each regular seed has a chance of becoming either male or female. Feminised Seeds are virtually always female.
2. Fill any left over space in the tube with cotton wool, or a foam insert such as that used for ear plugs, or the sort used for earphone covers.
The price section of the seed selector can be used to remove options which for whatever reason are out of your budget. This works best when you decide how much you want to spend per seed. So if you wanted 5 seeds, and £40 is your budget, then you can select to remove any other options that are out of this price range. A very handy tool for thinning out the huge range of seeds we have on offer!
1. Place the seeds in small scientific grade microcentrifuge tubes, the best sort to use are the black ones that do not allow light in (used for photosensitive samples).
We have had to add this section into our seed selector due to a new set of strains that have been developed where the Cannabinoid profile differs some what to most of the strains we are used to. A collaboration between Shantibaba of Mr. Nice seeds and Resin Seeds has led to the creation of the CBD Crew seed bank. CBD Crew concentrate exclusively on strains that have either a balanced ratio of THC:CBD, or in the cases of some strains they have a 1:2 ratio of THC:CBD! These strains are intended for the seed collections of people who wish to connect genetics that have the most medicinal value. There are now a few other seed banks that have these strains in their range and this is sure to be a thing of the future.