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We’ve all found an odd seed somewhere at the bottom of an old drawer or cupboard. Here are a few tips on how to germinate old cannabis seeds:

Cannabis seeds, with their tough outer shell, seem pretty hardy. And while nature has definitely designed them to hold up to a wide variety of conditions, cannabis seeds aren’t invincible. Rapid changes in temperature and high humidity, for example, can quickly ruin a batch of seeds. Luckily, caring for your seeds is simple. Keep reading to learn how.

Ideally, you want to store your seeds in a cool, dark, and dry place. Whenever possible, keep your seeds in their original packaging. At Royal Queen Seeds, we’ve specially designed our packaging to protect our seeds until you’re ready to plant them.

CAN YOU STORE SEEDS IN THE FREEZER?

Remember, modern fridges are very dry. It’s super important your seeds aren’t directly exposed to these conditions, as the lack of humidity can cause them to use up their nutrient stores just to stay alive.

Ziplock bags, for example, are great because you can remove all the air from them to create an almost vacuum-sealed container for your seeds. Once vacuum-sealed, put your bag inside a dark plastic bag or dark container to protect your seeds from your fridge light.

The ridge is the slightly elevated side of your seed. Like other parts of the shell, this ridge can become extra tough over time. Removing it gently with a sharp Stanley blade can help your seed sprout.

If your seeds get exposed to light or rapid changes in temperature, these conditions will trigger them to use up their nutrient stores before they ever see soil, meaning they won’t have the nutrients they need to germinate. High humidity, on the other hand, can trigger fungi to grow on your seeds.

Warmth will also encourage germination, and high temperatures can damage cannabis seeds, effectively ‘cooking’ the insides.

Can cannabis seeds be damaged,by the warmer weather in the post?

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Freezing cannabis seeds will damage at least some of them. The door of a fridge is the ideal temperature (5 – 6 degrees centigrade).

Keeping your cannabis seeds safe and viable is essential. To help you get the most out of your “magic beans”, here are some handy dos and don’ts for correctly storing cannabis seeds.

If the seeds were in a very hot place for several days, it is possible that the germination rate might be affected, but in the normal course of deliveries, this is not something that would cause problems.