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How to properly plant weed seeds after germination?
In our previous blog “Germinating weed seeds” you can read how to germinate marijuana seeds. Germinating is the preparation process to successfully grow a cannabis plant. It’s important to plant the seeds as soon as the seed has a sufficient root. Planting cannabis seeds is not complicated, but it does require some basic knowledge and skills. So how to plant weeds seeds? In this blog we tell you exactly how to do it!
Why germinate before planting?
Of course you can place a cannabis seed directly in the soil, but this has three disadvantages:
- The seed can become too moist, causing it to rot.
- The seed stays too dry so it can’t grow and because the seed is under the ground you can’t control it.
- You can’t determine the direction of the root. In short, our advice is to germinate before you start planting cannabis seeds.
When are you going to plant your weed seeds?
Once you have followed our advice, your seeds have germinated and you can start planting the cannabis seeds. Make sure the seeds have a root of at least 1.5 to a maximum of 2.5 centimetres. Are you planting the germinated cannabis seeds too early or too late? Then there is a chance that the plant will die at a young age. It is therefore important that you plant the germinated cannabis seeds as soon as the root is long enough.
Always plant indoors first
Good to know is that you first plant the cannabis seeds indoors, even if you will eventually grow them outdoors. The reason to let a young weed plant grow indoors first is because they are fragile in the beginning. A gust of wind can blow the plant over or be damaged by animals. Indoors you will have a safe environment where the young seedling can become strong enough before it is moved outside.
What do you need to plant cannabis seeds?
Fortunately, you do not need much to plant your germinated cannabis seeds. You often have a lot of stuff in the house already and otherwise you can buy it at any garden centre.
What do you need?
- Light-tight pot or cup from 1 to 2 litres
- Potting soil (light mix for cuttings and seedlings)
- Pen or pencil
- Germinated cannabis seeds
- Plant sprayer
Have you collected all the necessities? Then the real work starts: planting your cannabis seeds. Use the step-by-step plan below.
Planting cannabis seeds in 4 steps
In four simple steps you will learn how to successfully plant cannabis seeds. Whether you are advanced or a beginner, want to grow indoors or outdoors, the process is always the same. Follow the steps below carefully and you’ll grow your own beautiful cannabis plant.
- Fill the pot or cup with potting soil
- Make a dimple in the earth
- Place the germinated seed in the dimple
- Cover the seed with a thin layer of earth
Step 1 – fill pot or cup with potting soil
Fill the cup or pot up to 1 cm below the edge with potting soil (light mix for cuttings or seedlings). Do not add extra nutrients. Seedlings get more than enough nutrients from the soil. Too much nutrient will have a negative effect.
Step 2 – make a small dimple
To plant your cannabis seeds, make a dimple in the potting soil. You can easily do this by inserting your pen or pencil into the soil. The dimple should be about 2 to 2.5 cm deep. If you mark this out on the side of your pencil, you can be sure that the depth is sufficient.
Step 3 – place the cannabis seed in the dimple
Use your fingers or tweezers to place the weed seed in the dimple. Do this carefully, because if you squeeze too hard you can damage the germinated seed. The root of the seed must point downwards (!).
Tip: Did you use damp kitchen paper when germinating and is the root of the seed attached to it? Do not pull it loose, but spray the seed again with water. You will see that the seed now easily lets go.
How deep do you plant the weed seed?
Make sure that when planting your cannabis seed, the root disappears as deep as possible into the hole. The skin of the seed should be at least 0.5 cm below the surface.
Step 4 – cover the seed with a thin layer of soil.
Carefully cover the seed with a thin layer of soil after putting the seeds in the dimple. Do not press the soil! A few millimetres of soil over the seed is more than enough. Spray the surface moist with the plant sprayer and place the cup or pot in the window sill or under light.
Your cannabis seeds have been planted. How to proceed
You are already well on your way to growing your cannabis plant. But you might eventually want to let the cannabis plants continue to grow outside. As said before, you do the beginning of the growing process indoors which takes about two weeks. After two weeks the plant will be strong enough to repot to another place to continue growing. We will tell you how to do this in the blogs: