HOW TO PLANT SEEDS: STEP-BY-STEP

Step One: Prepare your planting mix or rooting cube. Use fine soil or soil-less mix for a planting medium that holds water and air evenly. Don’t use dirt from the backyard — sterile soil is best. Or use a rooting cube, such as Rockwool, Oasis or Jiffy. Have all your supplies at hand and ready to use.

Saturate soil mix or cube with clean water. Use a clean chopstick or similar (inert) object to drill planting holes. Do not use your finger.

Step Two: Use tweezers to pick up and move sprouted seeds. I dip my tweezers in rubbing alcohol to sterilise before using. Remember, seeds are very fragile at this early stage in life.

Carefully place each sprouted seed in the predrilled holes. Make sure the white root tip is pointing downward. Be prepared and plant quickly. Exposing tender rootlets to excessive light and air causes damage and slows growth.

Step Three: Cover germinated seeds with a quarter-inch of moist growing medium. Or crimp rooting cube over seed. Keep the seed mix or rooting cube evenly moist to ensure adequate moisture and oxygen. Soon the little white taproot will grow minute feeder roots. The microscopic fuzzy feeder roots are fully functional in about 10 days. Later, some roots take on more specialised functions.

Once wet, seeds must stay moist. That means constantly moist! If seeds suffer “moisture stress” they will be stunted or, worse yet, dry out or drown. This point is critical to seed and plant health. If you see a burned (dark) rootlet tip, something is terribly wrong.

DO NOT plant seeds too deeply. Seeds have just enough stored energy to break through a quarter-inch of soil. Adding fertilisers or “special” products will not improve or rescue a seed that is planted too deeply.

Article originally appeared here. With thanks to The Cannabist. By Jorge Cervantes.

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