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how long do marijuana seeds take to sprout after germination

How long do marijuana seeds take to sprout after germination

Seed Germination Tips

Tropical Seeds
Germinating tropical seeds can be both exceedingly easy, and very tricky. Certain seeds begin to sprout inside the fruit as it ripens. Many other seeds go into a period of dormancy that must be broken for them to germinate. Considering that "tropical seeds" encompass plants growing in such varying, but often subtlely different climates, there are a number of different strategies for germinating tropical seeds in your garden. Below we list a number of species, with general and specific tips on germination. The only constant requirement for pretty much any seed is to keep the soil temperature warm, usually about 75-85F. Always remember, tropical seeds are not the same as the tomato, vegetable and flower of seeds you might find at a local garden store. They have widely varying germination times that can range anywhere from the Ice Cream Bean (Inga edulis), which germinates while still inside the fruit, to many types of palms, which average up to 9-12 months for germination. Fortunately the latter is the exception, not the norm. Germinating the exotics can be quite fun and extremely rewarding, but often requires a different mindset and different approach than that used for germinating the common garden annuals.

Garden Vegetable and Flower Seeds
Standard garden annuals, plants such as tomatoes, peppers, corn, poppies, lettuce, etc. are in general, some of the easiest seeds to germinate. A world apart in germination ease from some of the tropicals, most will germinate rapidly (within days to a week or two) under standard conditions. A few, such as the peppers can be trickier, so read some of our comments below. For the most part, garden annuals need minimal pre-treatment and germinate fairly well in regular soil and with moderate water. Soil temperature requirements vary, with certain seeds such as tomatoes and peppers germinating best in warmer soils and others such as lettuce, may germinate well in cooler soils.

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A Note on Our Seeds
We take the utmost care in handling and delivering fresh seeds. We pride ourselves on the quality and diversity of the seeds we offer and we routinely test our seeds for viability and germination. We never are going to send you old, musty seeds that have been laying on a shelf for years. We use the very same seeds we send to customers to germinate our own plants. Our product offerings have a lot of turnover, specifically because we strive to offer seeds in season and keep storage of seeds at a minimum. We at Trade Winds Fruit greatly value your business and wish you all the best in your gardening endeavors!

Seedling Care Tips: Caring For Seedlings After Germination

It’s that time of year when self-starting gardeners have sown their seeds indoors and are contemplating the next steps. Those tiny little sprouts have shown up and need the best care before their planting out into the world. Care for seedlings once sprouted amounts to more than just giving them water. Healthy, robust plants produce faster with higher yields, which is a winning situation for the gardener. A few tips on how to take care of seedlings should help ensure you bumper crops your neighbors will envy.

Things That Can Kill Your Seedlings

Growing plants from seeds is a rewarding endeavor that reaps big rewards. Caring for seedlings after germination isn’t hard, but attention to such things as damping off, nutrition, temperature, water, light and transplanting will guarantee stout seedlings that survive the rigors of outdoor living. Even the most experienced gardener can benefit from some seedling care tips to boost their success.

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Those little green shoots poking through the soil send our hearts soaring with thoughts of fresh produce and the joy it brings to our summer entertaining. Damping off is a real threat when caring for seedlings after germination. Just because the seeds managed to sprout doesn’t mean the plants are out of danger.

Damping off is a fungal disease that causes the tiny plants to wither and die. It can stem from contaminated containers or soil and is worsened by incorrect watering practices. Use a sterilized soil or soilless mix and wash containers carefully to prevent contaminating the seeds and plants.

Keep plants in a sunny location during the day but move them at night to prevent cold drafts from stunting their growth. Too much water can cause tiny roots to rot while too little will see your new babies shrinking and even dying.

How to Take Care of Seedlings

One of the basic seedling care tips is that you don’t need supplemental food until the cotyledon has completely emerged and several sets of true leaves are present. Feeding your new kids too early can burn roots and tender foliage. Seed starter mixes are formulated with all the nutrients your new plants should need until they are planted outside. A soilless-grown crop will benefit from fertilizer diluted by one-quarter once per week.

Water your plants when the surface of the soil is dry to the touch. The exact time will depend on how warm the room is and how hot the light. The best temperature for optimum growth is between 70 and 80 F. (21 to 26 C.). Avoid exposing seedlings to temperatures below for more than a few hours and above 100 F. (37 C.), which will stunt root growth.

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Thin the plants where multiple seeds have sprouted in the same cell or container.

Transplanting and Hardening Off

Successful care for seedlings once sprouted will take you on the road to transplanting. Plants grown in peat cells should receive a new pot that will allow for future growth. You’ll know when it is time if you can see roots out of the bottom of the cell. Spoon out the seedlings to avoid damaging the stem by lifting them. Use a good sterile soil again and water them well immediately. You can use any container, but peat pots and other compostable materials allow for easy insertion into the garden bed without damaging roots. As an added bonus, the container will break down and add nutrients to the soil.

Hardening off is a step that shouldn’t be skipped. This is done before your plants are introduced to the garden bed. Two weeks before planting them outside, gradually introduce your babies to the conditions. Move them outside for longer and longer periods to acclimate them to the wind, light levels, temperature and generally get them used to the idea that they will be outdoor plants soon. This will prevent the stress that is associated with seedling failure after outdoor transplanting. After a couple weeks, plant the seedlings in a prepared seed bed and watch them grow.