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How to Plant Cannabis Seeds Indoors

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Growing cannabis at home can be a fun project and a nice way to have your own cannabis plants on hand. You may want to grow cannabis indoors due to inclement weather in your area or due to a lack of green space in your yard. Start by germinating the seeds. Then, plant the seeds in soil or in a starter cube. Once the seeds have been planted, care for them properly so they grow and thrive.

  • After 12 hours, place the viable seeds on a towel.

Wet one paper towel and put it on a plate. Paper towels are thick enough to retain the moisture needed to help the seeds germinate. Place one paper towel under running water until it is wet to the touch, but not dripping wet. Use a ceramic dish or plate, as it will be strong enough to hold the towels and the seeds. The paper towel should cover the dish or plate. [2] X Research source

  • If you do not have enough space on one plate for all your seeds, soak two more paper towels and put the remainder on a new plate covered in a wet paper towel.

Wet other paper towel and place it over the seeds. Make sure the wet towel makes contact with the seeds. [4] X Research source

  • You can try using a heat lamp near the seeds to keep them warm. Do not warm the seeds up too much, as you do not want your heat source to dry out the paper towels.
  • If the seeds become too dry, they could die and never germinate.
  • Be very careful with the seeds as they open. Avoid prodding, pulling, or touching the seeds, as you do not want to damage the roots.
  • Any seeds that have not opened and grown roots within a few days should be discarded, as they are not viable.
  • As an alternative to soil, you can use starter cubes from your local nursery or online. Starter cubes are pre-cut growing pods made of composted bark. They contain a hole where you can place the cannabis seeds and grow them in good conditions. Basic starter cubes are inexpensive and easy to use. [9] X Research source
  • If you make planting holes that are too shallow, the seed’s roots will not have enough soil to grow well. If you make the planting holes too deep, the seed will have a difficult time sprouting.
  • Do not pull or tug at the seeds when you pick them up with tweezers. If they are stuck to the paper towel, wet the towel with water to make the seeds easier to pick up.
  • Do not press hard on the seeds when you cover them, as this can disturb their growth.
  • If you are using starter cubes, pinch the top of the holes in the cubes closed.
  • Maintain a growing temperature of 75 to 85 °F (24 to 29 °C) for the plants so they thrive.
  • Stick to a regular watering schedule so the plants get enough moisture. You can plan to spray the plants in the morning and then again at night so they get the water they need.
  • Grow lights range from $200 to $1,200 USD depending on the size and model.
  • You can get cool white grow lights at your local hardware store or online.
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Avoid touching or handling the seeds as they grow. Touching or handling the seeds can damage them and stunt their growth. With the right growing conditions and care, your seeds should sprout and poke out of the soil within five to ten days. [15] X Research source

More than 12 hours of light a day for about 4-6 weeks as the plant matures will be enough. Once the plant is a decent size, you may induce flowering. Switch the plant to a timer of EXACTLY 12 hours of strong light (the more sunlight the plant gets, the more energy it can devote to flowering).

Yes, it is bad for the plant to have water constantly sitting at the bottom of the pot. It could make the roots rot over time.

You can actually find LED lamps made for growing plants online. If you don’t want to bother with that, you can just get a purple light to grow them under. There are many articles online talking about the effects of colored lights on plants.

If you plan on growing short, fat plants, they should be at least 6′ apart. You don’t want the plants rubbing on each other or shading the other plants. You will also want to select a spot to ensure all plants will receive maximum sunlight.

You can start as soon as you see two little leaves budding. During that time, make sure to use distilled water when watering them.

Cannabis thrives in a comfortable room temperature when grown indoors, or a little warmer – not too dry, not too humid. If it feels too hot or too cold for you, it’s probably too hot or too cold for your cannabis plants.

You can’t. You can try keeping it by a window, but you still won’t have much success. Lights aren’t that expensive, look on Amazon.

Yes, rain water is fine for any plant. The use of distilled water is to keep from adding tap water contaminants.

Keeping the plant from “stretching” is simple. Place the lights closer to the top of the plants. There are good video examples on YouTube showing two seeds started at the same time and placed under lights at different heights. The plant with inadequate lighting actually “reaches” for the light, growing tall and thin with longer internodal gaps. The seedling with closer light grows short and squat, with less stem between leaves (internodal distance), which means a better frame and plant structure for supporting the massive buds that you want to grow. As the plant grows, raise the lights with it. (Most folks suggest somewhere in the 16-30 inch range from source to canopy.)

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The cultivation of cannabis is considered illegal in many jurisdictions. Make sure it is legal to grow cannabis in your area.

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To plant cannabis seeds indoors, first soak the seeds in lukewarm tap water for 12 hours. Discard any seeds that float to the top. Then, place the seeds on a damp paper towel on a plate with 1 inch (2.5 cm) of space between each seed. Cover the seeds with another damp paper towel. Keep the seeds in a spot that remains between 70-80°F (21-27°C), and spray the paper towels with water whenever they start to dry out. The seeds will sprout in 2-3 days. When they do, fill pots or a growing tray 3/4 of the way with loose potting soil that has a pH between 5.8 and 6.3. Press the soil down lightly, leaving some air in it. Then, use a pencil to poke 1 inch (2.5 cm) holes in the soil. Place the sprouted seeds vertically in the holes and fill the holes with potting soil. Water the soil thoroughly and place the pots or tray in a spot that’s always 75°F (24°C) or warmer. Set up a grow light over the seeds and leave it on at all times. Water the seeds every day so the soil doesn’t dry out. The seedlings will emerge in 2-4 weeks. To learn how to use cool white grow lights to help your cannabis seeds grow, keep reading!

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Minnesota Crop News

As summer field activities wind down, harvest will soon be in full swing. Take the time now to mow fenceline weeds to prevent or minimize seed production. Fencelines are often where weed infestations start. By eliminating fenceline weeds, we prevent combine harvesters from picking up weed seeds from the field edges and pulling them into the field, where they can be further spread by harvesting and tillage equipment.

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Most weeds common to corn and soybean fields are in the flowering and seed development stages of their life cycle. This means that there is still time to control some fenceline weeds before they are able to produce viable seed. Viable seeds may have already been produced by early-maturing broadleaf weeds like lambsquarters, kochia, and redroot pigweed, but later-maturing weeds like giant and common ragweed have just begun pollinating in many areas of Minnesota. Waterhemp and other pigweed species are able to produce viable seed within 10 days of pollination according to University of Illinois research, so it is important to control weeds soon after they begin flowering.

What if seeds are already present? Is it too late?

In scouting fenceline weeds, you may find some of the earlier-maturing weeds like kochia or redroot pigweed that have already produced seed. Although seeds are present, they may have less viability now compared to when they reach maturity in the next couple of weeks. Research conducted at Michigan State University and the University of Delaware has found that terminating common ragweed, common lambsquarters, giant foxtail, jimsonweed, and velvetleaf before weed seeds reach maturity can reduce inputs into the seed bank by 64 to 100 percent. Although it is best to control fenceline weeds before seed production occurs, mowing weeds while seeds are still developing can drastically reduce viable inputs into the weed seed bank. Giant and common ragweed are likely still pollinating in many areas of Minnesota. While there may be some immature seeds that are starting to develop, seeds are still likely unviable, making it a great time to control giant and common ragweed in fenceline areas.

Photo 2: Fencelines are a great way for weeds to move into crop fields. Fenceline weeds were not controlled the previous year in this field and herbicide-resistant giant ragweed is now spreading into the field. Photo: Jared Goplen.

Mowing weeds now will also prevent weed seeds from getting picked up and run through the combine harvester. Combine harvesters are great at spreading weeds across the field, and by mowing weeds now we can prevent some weeds from entering the combine altogether. If fenceline weeds are not mowed now, consider harvesting around weedy fencelines this fall to prevent spreading weed seeds throughout the field.

Summary

The recent rains and cooler temperatures have favored significant weed growth in field edges and fencelines. Since combines, tillage equipment, wind, and rain can all contribute to weed seed movement it is important that farmers assess late summer weed growth and do what they can to limit weed seed production. The window for reducing weed seed production via mowing is rapidly closing, but farmers are encouraged to do what they can to get a better handle on the weed seed bank, and prevent fenceline weeds from moving further into the field.

References

Hill EC, Renner KA, VanGessel MJ, Bellinder RR, Scott BA (2016) Late-Season Weed Management to Stop Viable Weed Seed Production. Weed Sci 64:112–118

Bell MS, Tranel PJ (2010) Time Requirement from Pollination to Seed Maturity in Waterhemp. Weed Sci 58:167–173