It’s worth highlighting, as we have previously, that environment is everything in growing cannabis, including germination, so your environment may move these estimated time frames around slightly. As well as this, whichever strain you’ve chosen to grow will affect the length of time it takes to germinate. For example, sativa seeds usually take longer to germinate than indica seeds.
However, this is not always the case. Depending on the species, seeds can stay viable for quite some time. A date palm seed that was around 2000 years old germinated several years ago, making it the oldest seed to germinate. It was stored in hot dry conditions, shocking it was able to germinate!
With all this being said, plants are natural, living things and like all living things, they’re complicated. You can do everything perfectly, meet every environmental requirement and some seeds just won’t germinate. It’s a natural part of growing and certainly not something to be disheartened by if you’re new to growing.
How Long to Germinate Seeds of Other Plants?
There’s a reason we said most seeds and not all. It’s a really common misconception that all seeds will germinate if given the right environmental conditions. Some growers will swear by a certain germination method for a 100% germination rate, while some seed banks will claim a 100% germination rate from their products. It’s not true, and in reality, all this comes down to the germination rate of your chosen species. This refers to what percentage of seeds are likely to germinate out of a given amount planted.
Success in seed germination is actually quite straightforward as there are only three factors that really matter: water, temperature, and oxygen.
Further, if using a Grobo Start alongside a Grobo Solid or Premium, you can expect to have an additional harvest per year as it speeds up the process.
All this being said, if these simple conditions are met, most seeds will germinate. Depending on your germination method, you’ll know if this has been successful as you’ll be able to see a small, white root sprout from the bottom of the seed.
Put a plate or other object under the bottom towel to prevent moisture damage and another over the top towel to keep the seeds in a dark space. When you see the white taproot emerge from your seeds, they will be ready to transplant. Make sure to plant them taproot down.
If possible, get feminized seeds. Because female pot plants produce the bodacious bud that cannabis connoisseurs crave, starting with feminized seeds will produce more buds when the plants mature. Feminized seeds won’t provide 100% female plants, but they will greatly increase your odds from the 50-50 chances of a standard seed selection.
How long does it take to germinate marijuana seeds? Typically, it will take anywhere from a couple of days to up to a week to see your seeds start to turn into plants.
Choose between indica and sativa according to your preferences for cannabis effects or the market’s demand. You will also have dozens of strains to choose from.
And maybe you have been using trial and error but ended up thinking, “Why won’t my marijuana seeds germinate?”” Truth is, you’ve likely been making some mistakes without knowing it. You can increase your results, although some seeds inevitably will be duds. No one can attain 100% germination, but there is room for improvement regardless.
Also known as seed starters, germination stations are like mini greenhouses. They include a tray filled with soil and a heat pad underneath to keep the soil warm.
There are five basic germination methods that are popular. With any of these methods, remember that seeds will need adequate warmth, moisture, and air to germinate properly. Generally, cannabis seeds like a temperature of 70° F to 90° F for sprouting.