How to Germinate Marijuana Seeds: 4 Methods Plus Expert Tips

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Every gardener knows that you must plant a seed to grow a garden.  But you say “Mitch, what about clones?  They’re not seeds.”  This is true, but at some point in a young clone’s life there was a seed planted to produce its mother.  So, it all starts with the seed.  Learn how to germinate marijuana seeds in this comprehensive tutorial.

This article from Grow Weed Easy covers everything you need to know, and quite possibly things you don’t, to insure those expensive, hard to come by, not to mention expensive, marijuana seeds, are put to good use.   So, without further ado:

Introduction: Cannabis Seed Germination

Marijuana seeds that have just sprouted - How to germinate marijuana seeds

Cannabis germination is the process of getting your seeds to sprout.  You know sprouting has occurred when a little white tendril pops out of the seed.

The little white tendril that emerges from a cannabis seed during germination is your plant’s first root, known as a “taproot.” All other roots made by your cannabis plant in its lifetime will sprout from the taproot.

A marijuana seedling with cotyledons just starting to grow out of the cannabis seed shell - How to germinate marijuana seedsThe taproot – and maybe a few tiny early offshoots of the taproot – will get longer and longer, pushing the seed up, and after the shell breaks through the surface of your growing medium, the first leaves (these first round leaves are known as “cotyledons”) will emerge from inside the cannabis seed.

The cotyledons were already created as part of the plant embryo in the seed itself, so the cannabis seedling doesn’t have to grow them. In fact, the emerging first leaves are what break apart the shell after it’s cracked open by the taproot, as pictured here.

Cannabis seedling opening its first real leaves - How to germinate marijuana seedsThe next set of leaves after the cotyledons are your plants first “true” leaves and will have jagged edges.  They are the first leaves that your seedling cannabis plant has grown all on its own.

Next: How do I know if I have good seeds?

About the author 

Mitch Mandell

Mitch Mandell is the publisher of Senior Stoner, a partner in Z-Dog Media, and a long time cannabis enthusiast and cultivator. Prior to entering the world of publishing, he had a long career in advertising, working for some of the country's top agencies.

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