In the cannabis marijuana seeda efers to a seed that has sprouted and is growing into a small plant. A seed sprouts when it receives environmental cues that indicate germination conditions are at the optimum point to begin. Germination is a key factor in successful cultivation. When a marijuana seed sprouts, it is ready to be planted in soil and grow into a mature marijuana plant that produces flowers for smoking.
The easiest way to sprout a seed is by placing it in a glass of water and letting it soak. In about 24 to 48 hours the seed will absorb the water and start elongating. During this process, hormones are released that make the seed grow. The best water to use is distilled or reverse osmosis. Avoid using tap water since it can contain toxins and bacteria.
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After the seeds have absorbed the water, place the seeds between two paper towels that are moistened and then cover with a plate to create a dark, protected space. Keep the plate covered and check it each day to ensure the seeds do not dry out. The seeds should begin to crack open in a week or so, and then they can be planted in nutrient-rich soil and grown into mature plants.
Saving seeds is a popular practice in order to preserve genetic strains that have worked well for growers. However, old seeds are more difficult to germinate than younger ones. Fortunately, there are some tricks to help revive the seeds of an older strain and have them grow just like a new seed.