Take four sheets of paper towels and soak them with distilled water. The towels should be soaked but shouldn’t have excess water running off.
The main drawback to growing from seed is there is no guarantee as to what you’ll end up with—if you buy a regular pack of cannabis seeds, it will be a mix of males and females. You’ll need to sex them out (more below) to identify the males and get rid of them, because you don’t want your females producing seeds.
Ask yourself a few questions to decide if it’s worth the time and energy to grow the seed.
How to germinate marijuana seeds
Some seeds germinate very rapidly while others can take a while, but generally, seeds should germinate in 3-10 days. If it’s been two weeks and a seed hasn’t sprouted, it’s probably a dud and won’t sprout.
Most seeds that you will buy are regular seeds as described above, but here are a couple more types.
Make sure the area the seeds are in is warm, somewhere between 70-85°F.
One way to avoid sexing plants is to buy feminized seeds (more below), which ensures every seed you plant will be a bud-producing female.
Considering just how important light is in the growing process, beginners should focus on getting a light that not only helps them achieve high yields, but saves them money as well. After all, starting up an indoor growing operation at home can be expensive, even on a small scale.
You can find certain lamps that are cheaper than the vast majority, coming in at well under €100, but they’ll often be low-quality and prone to early burn-out. There are plenty of high-quality LEDs out there, though, some of which can last up to a decade. However, you can also expect to pay quite a bit, sometimes in the €1–2,000 range, for the best and largest options.
Less Heat Leads to Decreased Water Usage
With that external signal, female cannabis plants (that haven’t been pollinated) know to start shifting their energy towards producing resin-loaded buds. If they don’t receive that signal, however, they won’t know how to distribute the energy they take in from the sun, and your yields will end up smaller than they otherwise would.
The low heat output of LEDs allows for yet another benefit: the potential to offer your plants higher light intensity. See, rather than intense light, it’s intense heat that is the main culprit behind burning plants. If the plants can enjoy more intense light without worrying about heat, however, they can take in a lot more energy.
Speaking of one’s lamp of choice, though, how much should you expect a grow lamp to cost? Well, keeping the focus on LEDs, you’ll see a great amount of variation in cost.