In commercial cannabis production, generally, growers will plant many seeds of one strain and choose the best plant. They will then take clones from that individual plant, which allows for consistent genetics for mass production.
Most experienced or commercial growers will not use feminized seeds because they only contain one set of genes, and these should never be used for breeding purposes. However, a lot of beginning growers start with feminized seeds because they eliminate the worry of having to deal with male plants.
Cannabis seeds vs. clones
Growing marijuana takes a certain level of commitment: time, energy, and financial resources, so be sure you can commit to the whole process.
This is sometimes referred to as “cloning by seed” and will not produce any male plants. This is achieved through several methods:
As mentioned above, you can skip the processing of sexing weed plants by growing with feminized seeds or clones.
Pests and plagues can destroy seedlings in less than a day. To prevent this from happening, it’s super important to keep the environment around your seedlings clean and at optimal temperatures and humidity levels. Avoid overwatering, and remember to read up on common cannabis pests so you can spot and treat them early. Some common pests to look out for include:
• Pot size
Cannabis seeds need four things in order to germinate: moisture, warmth, darkness, and time. To ensure you grow healthy seedlings, germinate your seeds using one of the following techniques.
HOW TO PREVENT PESTS AND BUGS
• Feeding seedlings
Once you’re confident your plants have recovered from being transplanted, start feeding them with a mild nutrient solution. An NPK ratio of 4:2:3, for example, is a good starting point for plants just beginning to veg.
Seedlings have very particular needs when it comes to temperature, humidity, and lighting, and missing the mark in any of these areas can prove fatal for such small plants. For best results, we recommend growing seedlings in a propagator where you can easily create the perfect environment for them to flourish in.
• Leaf miners
Just add you seeds and pour some water into the tray – the Rapid Rooters will do everything else for you.
Pros of Jiffy Pellets
Germination Method 2: Plant marijuana seeds directly in growing medium
Many growers have placed seeds in Rockwool cubes, only to wait for weeks and never see seedlings appear.
Sprouted seeds planted in Hydrofarm pellets and placed on soil
Some seeds take longer than others to sprout. Especially older seeds tend to need longer to pierce through their shell. However, if seeds are left soaking too long, and haven’t yet sprouted, they can drown.