Growing from Seed Part 1

To us, there are few things more satisfying than growing marijuana from seed.

A marijuana seedling

There’s just something so downright fulfilling about seeing those little seeds sprout, tenderly nurturing them along the way until their maturity.  It’s not like growing a carrot or beets, you get to enjoy the fruits of your labour in another way, one that gives you a sense of total well being.

We want to share with you some growing tips and help you, with time tested pro advice, to grow your own fantastic crop.   We’ve been growing for over 30 years and feel it’s time to spread the wealth.

The Voice of Experience

There are a couple of ways to germinate your seeds.  The one we use most when planting indoor strains is the paper towel method.

Wetting a paper towel in prep for seed germination

  • Moisten a paper towel, preferably non bleached using non chlorinated water.
  • Fold the towel in half and place the seeds on one half of the moistened paper towel.
  • Fold the other end of the paper towel on top of the seeds.
  • Pat down lightly so seeds come in contact with the towel.
  • Place in a ziplock bag and leave undisturbed for 2 days in a warm room.

After 2 days check to see if they’ve sprouted.

Sprouting cannabis seeds
They should look like cute little tadpoles; or clams sticking their tongues out.

They're Alive!

When the seeds have sprouted you’ll see little tails.

  • Mix up some potting soil with warm water so that it resembles oatmeal.
  • Spread the potting soil in a tray about 2 to 3 inches deep.
  • Place the sprouted seeds on top and cover them with about 1/4 inch of the dirt.
  • Put them on a shelve with a florescence light bar about 12 inches above.
  • After about five days the plants should be about 2 inches tall.

Now they're ready for their next transplant to their own container.

Ready for transplant to a 3" or 4" pot

The Next Step

  • Prep the number of 3 inch pots you’ll need.
  • Clean them and fill loosely to the top with pre-moistened soil.
    We use sunshine mix #4 as a good transplant medium.
  • Push your finger into the middle of the dirt up the the second knuckle.
  • Now, carefully dig the little plant out of the soil.
    Be very careful not to damage the roots.
  • Place the roots and stem into the hole in the dirt leaving the top leaves exposed.
  • Press the soil gently around the plants stem to anchor it.
  • Mix up a mild solution of 10-52-10 fertilizer.
    Don’t get hung up on brands.  If you can stand the smell, fish fertilizer or steeped manure are also good to use.  Just be sure it’s a weak solution as plants at this stage will burn very quickly.
  • Water them thoroughly but not soaking.  
  • Put your babies back under the florescent light bar.  Keep them away from drafts; and water lightly and frequently.
  • The plants will soon start to fill out, sprouting more leaves.


Make a hole and drop the seedling's roots into it

Dig the seedling carefully out of the soil

Put the seedling into the hole and press gently around the plant.

Not done yet.

Our next article will discuss what to do once your plants need to go bigger.

Pro Tips

  • Don’t let the seed sprouts get longer than 1/2 inch.  The transplants success goes down considerably if they’re longer than this.
  • Don’t get hung up on fertilizer brands at this stage.  Get the one you think is best for your budget.  
  • Do handle the seedlings carefully.  Lots of little steps are taken before they get into their vegging containers and gentle handling ensure success.
  • Do use non chlorinated water.  Chlorine kills the germ required for the seed to full sprout