The feel of cannabis seeds is another good indicator. Hold the seed between your thumb and forefinger and give it a light squeeze. Don’t apply too much pressure – just enough to test its integrity.
There are multiple ways to germinate, including planting the seed directly in soil and seeing if it sprouts. This is a pretty ‘old-school’ method, but sometimes, it works.
Method #1: The Sight Test
You may not realize it, but the quality of your cannabis crop is, in part, determined before you have even begun. Seed quality is an enormous part of growing, so it’s vital to source marijuana seeds from a reputable company.
Having male cannabis plants in your garden is basically a recipe for disaster, so you want to avoid it at all costs. By the way, here’s how to figure out if your plants are male or female.
A ‘bad seed’ is any cannabis seed that will cause problems. In some instances, this means a dud seed that never sprouts, wasting your valuable time and a few resources. While dud seeds aren’t damaging, they are irritating.
I got 3 LR2 x AK47 seeds from Attitude and germinated 1 of em (Paper towel method). I then got a 8 1/4" pot, which I think may be entirely too big, after filling it with Fox Farms Ocean Forest and watered thoroughly (all extra drained water I disposed of) then I put the seed about half an inch under the moist soil and put it in my closet. There’s a fan that cirulates air and the light was put about 2" from the soil. First day after 18 hour light with a 125Watt 5u CFL, nothing. Second day, nothing, but I looked at the seed and the taproot was green but the tip was a light brown. This morning after another 18 hours, the seed shell is a light brown, and the plant inside the shell looks crispy almost. I moved the light a few inches away from the soil after making sure the soil was moist again (Seed was taken up anyway to see its "development") I’m not sure if this is overwatering or heat? I tried to make sure to have a balance, but the top of the soild and about an inch down just seemed so dry.
I think it is both overwatering and the light being way too close.
Grumpy Old Dreamer
So, I first want to say thanks to everyone here who is always helping peolpe with their questions. I’ve read many forums and threads and without you guys’ help I would be even worse at this. I’m a COMPLETE Noob and this is my first grow ever.
Forget the paper towel, just pop the seed in damp soil and leave it alone – too many seedlings are killed by growers – they know how to grow without us screwing them up
When your old cannabis seeds don’t want to pop, one of these four techniques could come to their—and your—rescue. Aging seeds are more difficult to grow than fresh ones and we’ll explain what you can do to help germination.
As you proceed through these steps, the risk of damaging your seeds past the point of recovery increases. Between each suggestion, give them a few days to a week to germinate. Allow the outside to dry each time to prevent rot. Do not try all or multiple techniques at once.
1. PRE-SOAK WITH SUPPLEMENTED WATER
In a life or death situation, surgery may be the only option. Meaning—only do this if nothing else has worked because this technique ruins as many seeds as it saves.
The seed’s shell is made up of two pieces, with a seam going all around. The side that’s raised more than the other is the ridge. A hardened ridge can make it difficult for the seed to open. To remove the ridge, run a sharp blade along the ridge on both sides. Handle gently and it should come off without damaging the inside of the seed.
Removing the ridge not only makes it easier for the seed to open, it helps with water absorption.