How to Safely Store Seeds?
Providing a safe and healthy environment for your seeds is crucial to how well they pop open when you decide to use them. Marijuanaseeds just like any other are alive and need to be kept in the right conditions in order to be healthy and not diminish in quality. If kept in the right condition cannabis seeds can be kept alive for a decade or more.
Light makes a key difference when storing your seeds. Storing seeds in a dark sealed container or in a fridge is one of the best ways to ensure high germination rates. While the shell of seeds protects most of the light, however they are not designed to be dropped on the ground and lightly covered for the next year. Because of this the shells aren't quite thick enough to keep out all light.
Heat is another issue when storing seeds. If they are heated too much the germination rate will very quickly reduce. The lower the temperature the better when storing cannabis seeds. At around 5°F cannabis seeds can be kept for decades although this can easily cause stress on the plaintiff not handled correctly.. At 39°F seeds can be kept for many years without needing to be germinated.
Humidity levels are another very important factor in storing seeds. Storing seeds in a refrigerator is a great way to keep humidity levels low. If seeds are kept in a dark, dry, and sealed container then they can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 years.
The first step to take when preparing your seeds for germination is to soak them in water for 24Hrs no more than 36hrs. Just fill a glass of water up and pop however many seeds you plan on germinating. Be careful to separate seeds by strain. After soaking in water the seeds will start to split open and show a sliver of white root. When the seeds fall to the bottom of the water glass they are usually ready for the next step. They may need a little tap to get to the bottom.
Paper towel method
The paper towel method is where you take a plate with folded paper towels layered on it. And then you will pour only the bottom of the cup onto the paper towels with the seeds. It is important to make sure the paper towel does not have an excess of water, although it should be wet all over. Leave the paper plate in a dark and warm place for up to seven days although it is unusual for it to take that long.
Be sure to keep checking the moisture level of the paper towels and water when needed. When taproots are 1-2in in length they are ready to be planted in a medium.
The last step for germinating seeds is to plant them in a medium. That can be rockwool, coco coir, or a soil based medium.With a soil based medium take a pen and make a small hole in the middle of the pot for your seed. With a pair of tweezers, pick up your seed and place in the medium with the taproot facing down. If you are using soil you can cover the seed but do not press down. This can damage the seed. Mist with a spray bottle when dry and you should see your first set of true leaves within 3-4 weeks.
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