Planting Cannabis Seeds Straight Into Soil

We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know. If you love City Paper , get it every day in our newsletter. Hopefully all of you aspiring growers have been able to get your seeds Starting cannabis seeds in soil is an easy and natural method of germination, as this is where seeds would germinate if they were to grow out in nature. There are several pros and cons to using this method, so let’s check out what those are I was wounder if i could put my seeds straight into soil to germinate and keeping the soil moist and in a dark place?

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Hopefully all of you aspiring growers have been able to get your seeds so we can move to the next step: germination.

Take great care handling seed and seedling. Most flower and vegetable seeds are simply planted directly in the soil, but because of the value of cannabis seeds, germinating seeds prior to planting is encouraged. Growers can achieve a much higher survival rate by germinating in a non-soil medium and then transferring the seed to soil once the tap root has emerged from the seed.

Here is one of the simplest and most successful methods: Put a double layer of paper towels on a dinner plate, then thoroughly soak the towels with water and tilt the plate to drain off the excess. Place your seeds on top of the wet towels and cover with another double layer of soaked paper towels. Be sure excess water is drained off—you don’t want the seeds to be swimming.

Cover the plate with an upside-down plate or pot lid. A plastic bag or plastic wrap also works. Don’t make the seal tight—you want to leave some openings to allow air flow.

Keep the germinating seeds away from direct light. For best results, keep them at about 75 degrees Fahrenheit. A radiant heat source, like a heating pad, helps expedite the process. If you’re using a heating pad, be sure to keep the heat setting on low and place a folded hand towel between the heating pad and plate: Direct contact between the plate and heat source can cook your seeds.

Under the right conditions, seeds usually open in one to five days, so check them daily. Do not allow the towels to dry, and add water as needed to maintain moisture. Some seeds can take as long as 10 days to germinate, but if seeds have not opened within 10 days, they are not viable.

When the seeds open, the first thing to emerge is the root. Once the root sprouts it can grow quite fast.

When the root grows to a few millimeters in length, the seed is ready to be transferred to soil. Always take great care not to damage the tap root when handling. The best soil to use for a sprouting baby ganja plant is a “seed starter” or “seedling” mix. These are light neutral blends with very little fertilizer. Heavily fertilized soils will kill seedlings quickly, and cannabis seedlings prefer loose, aerated soil that their roots can easily penetrate. A bag of good starter soil is easily identifiable: When you pick it up, it should feel light and fluffy. Soils that are heavy and compact are not good for seedlings.

Now, on to potting (no pun intended). A healthy seedling will be ready for transplanting into larger container, with richer soil, in about a month. A 16- to 20-ounce container is ideal for a seedling’s first home (many growers use a Solo cup). The container must drain, so punch some holes if needed.

Fill your container with pre-moistened soil and create a hole about a half-inch deep for your seed. The tip of a pencil works well for making the right sized hole. The seed should be about a quarter-inch below the surface.

Place your germinated seed, root down, into the hole and cover lightly. Do not pack the soil on top of the seed; a light protective layer of soil is all that is needed.

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Once they sprout in one to three days, new seedlings will need lots of light, and fluorescent grow light works best. Give your baby ganja plants 16 hours of light per day.

It’s very important to have a breeze on your plants immediately. A fan placed at the proper distance and speed should create a breeze just strong enough so your plant “dances,” but not so strong that it’s bent in one direction.

Without a breeze, indoor ganja plants won’t receive the stimulus needed to develop sturdy stems and branches, which the plant will need to bear the weight of big, sugary buds.

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How to germinate pot seeds in soil

Germination is the first step in the growth cycle of each plant. This process brings the seed out of its hibernation period and begins the growth process of the plant. All of this begins when the seed receives the necessary environmental conditions and is in the right setting to start growing.

There are several different methods of germination growers use, but today, we’ll focus on one particular method: germinating cannabis seeds in soil.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Germinating Cannabis Seeds in Soil

Starting cannabis seeds in soil is an easy and natural method of germination, as this is where seeds would germinate if they were to grow out in nature. There are several pros and cons to using this method, so let’s check out what those are.

The advantages of germinating marijuana seeds in soil include:

  • Safety.
    In the wild, it’s the soil that protects the germinating seed and its roots from outside interference, offering the seed a safe space where it can grow and develop.
  • Natural method.
    This is the most natural method of germination that occurs out in the wild.
  • No added stress.
    Soil not only provides the perfect medium for the seed to germinate but also to grow, meaning it doesn’t need to be interrupted by transplanting it into a different growth medium, avoiding unnecessary stress.

The disadvantages of germinating weed seeds in soil include:

  • Less control.
    When using other germination mediums such as damp paper towels, you have better control over the process – namely, the ability to monitor and adjust moisture and temperature levels accordingly. You can also watch the root closely as it grows and be able to know when the perfect time is to plant your seed
  • No control over diseases.
    When working with soil, you’re not working with a sterile environment such is the case with paper towels, meaning that your seed could encounter certain diseases and pathogens that might prevent it from sprouting. To avoid these issues, purchase sterile soil rather than using it straight from your garden

What is the Best Soil for Germinating Cannabis Seeds?

When deciding to use soil to germinate your seeds, the first thing you need to do is make sure you get the right type.

The type of soil that would work best has spores and minerals that help when you’re starting cannabis seeds in soil directly. These minerals will be enough for your young marijuana plants to thrive in their first couple of weeks, so you don’t need to add any nutrients during this time.

Here’s what to look for when purchasing soil for germinating cannabis seeds:

Soil Texture

The perfect soil for germinating cannabis seeds needs to be light and airy and have the following or similar ratio of components:

  • 4 parts compost
  • 1 part perlite
  • 1 part vermiculite
  • 2 parts peat moss

You can also go with a pre-made starting mix if you don’t want to make your own.

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Soil Nutrients and Amendments

You don’t need to add nutrients and minerals to your soil mix, at least for the first couple of weeks, as the potting soil you use will have enough nutrients to sustain your plant’s life and help it grow during this timeframe.

Soil pH

The potting soil you use should be mildly fertilized, or you can also go with a pre-made seed starter soil mix. No matter which you choose, your soil should have an approximate pH of 6.

How to Germinate Weed Seeds in Soil: Step-by-Step Guide

Now, let’s check out the process of germinating cannabis seeds in soil step by step.

Step 1 – Prepare the Soil

When germinating weed seeds directly in soil, the first thing you need to do is get the right potting soil or seed starter. When it comes to the texture of your starter soil, you can follow our guidelines on the ratio above. Next, place the soil into small pots, depending on how many seeds you’re going to be germinating.

Step 2 – Plant

Use a pencil or stick to poke a small hole in the soil that’s around half an inch (1cm) deep. Plant the seed into the hole and lightly cover it with soil. Once you’ve completed this step, don’t touch the seed or disturb it in any way – just let it position itself and start germinating.

Step 3 – Maintain the Right Grow Conditions

Keep your pots away from direct sunlight, but in a warm area with a temperature range of 70 to 80°F (21-26°C).

Place your pots under a fluorescent lamp and water them gently using a spray bottle. Use distilled water instead of tap water so as not to compromise your seeds with unwanted minerals and substances that can be present in tap water.

Let your seeds germinate, and when their stems reach 2-4 inches (5-10cm) in height, you can start transplanting them into bigger pots.

Pro tip: Use peat moss pots or another type of degradable pot so you can transplant your seeds along with the pot without disturbing their root systems.

Remember, the quality of the seeds you purchase plays a huge role in how successful the germination process will be. If you’re looking for the right seeds to plant, look no further than Herbies. At Herbies, you can find the best viable, vigorous, and fast-growing seeds with high cannabinoid content from seed banks around the globe. All seeds are stored in perfect conditions and are inspected by experts before shipping.

As you can see, the process of germinating cannabis seeds in soil is pretty simple and straightforward. However, for those of you who are still left with a few unanswered questions on this topic, we’ve composed a list of the most commonly asked ones on the subject to help clear things up.

How long does it take for cannabis seeds to germinate in soil?

Cannabis seeds start sprouting after about 2 days in soil, although it can also take up to a week for some seeds to germinate, especially older and weaker ones.

How deep should I plant marijuana seeds in soil?

Plant your marijuana seeds around half an inch (1cm) deep in the ground.

How should I water marijuana seeds in soil?

During their seedling stage, your plants will need to be watered once or twice a day. You can also check the soil by poking your finger about an inch deep (2.5cm) to see if it’s dry – if it is, water it. Use a spray bottle to keep the soil moist but prevent overwatering.

What is the best temperature for germinating cannabis seeds in soil?

The perfect temperature range for germinating cannabis seeds in soil is 70 to 80°F (21-26°C).

How long does it take for cannabis seeds to sprout from soil?

It can take from two days up to a week for your cannabis seeds to sprout from the soil, depending on their quality, viability, and other factors.

Germinating cannabis seeds in soil vs. peat pellets – which is better?

Peat pellets offer fast results, are easy and convenient to use, and make planting a super easy and fun process. Soil, on the other hand, provides seeds a more suitable medium in some cases, mostly because it’s the most natural method. Soil doesn’t dry out as fast as peat pellets do and it’s more economical, as you can make your soil mix yourself.

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Can i put seeds straight into soil?

I was wounder if i could put my seeds straight into soil to germinate and keeping the soil moist and in a dark place?

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In my opinion that is the bestway to do it, usually sprout in 3 – 5 days, I prefer straight in the soil compared to the paper towel method. More people prefer the paper towel method but I figure the less you handle the seeds the better your results will be. Plus I’m still under the impression that the less amount of stress you put the plants under the more females you will get.

RandyRocket
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420swed
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In my opinion that is the bestway to do it, usually sprout in 3 – 5 days, I prefer straight in the soil compared to the paper towel method. More people prefer the paper towel method but I figure the less you handle the seeds the better your results will be. Plus I’m still under the impression that the less amount of stress you put the plants under the more females you will get.

alright sounds good but how long would it take until u noticed the seed sprouted and did uses use any light while uses done it or just kept it in the dark?

NFTGEE
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If you plant straight into soil the plant will adjust to any light you have, you don’t need to worry about burning it which is another good thing, you could start it under a cfl or 1000 watter and the plant will be adjusted, no worries there. After you plant I’d just start whatever light cycle you planned on using and the plant will adjust itself.

EBE420
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In my opinion that is the bestway to do it, usually sprout in 3 – 5 days, I prefer straight in the soil compared to the paper towel method. More people prefer the paper towel method but I figure the less you handle the seeds the better your results will be. Plus I’m still under the impression that the less amount of stress you put the plants under the more females you will get.

Calijuana
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I use the paper towel method as I like to be able to check the seeds’ germination progress (i’m impatient) but you certainly can.

RandyRocket
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i use this much light to start the seeds on 18/6

joshranwest
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Thats the natural way, yes. I would not put them in the dark however. Have the lights on, it will give the plant something to “reach” for AND it will tell the seed/seedling “time to grow dammit.”

NFTGEE
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420swed
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yeh thanks fer the quick replies iam thinking on putting about 5 seeds in jiffy cups and placing them into one pot of soil under a 40w cfl or should i get more light and what light schedule should i use?

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yeh thanks fer the quick replies iam thinking on putting about 5 seeds in jiffy cups and placing them into one pot of soil under a 40w cfl or should i get more light and what light schedule should i use?

If that’s the case I’d get a white 5 gallon bucket and put the jiffy pots in the bottom and get a board to put across the top of the bucket with the cfl inside the bucket and mounted to the board. It will keep the plants warm and the white bucket will reflect the light. Use a 42 watt daylight CFL and you will have great success until the plants out grow the bucket. That’s the best route to go.