Seeds VS Seedlings
Store seed in a cool (40-45°F is best), dry, dark place. Avoid exposure to temperature fluctuations and light. Do not freeze. While seeds can remain viable for decades, it is recommended to use them within the first 2-3 years for the best germination rates.
We generally start our seeds 3-4 weeks before we plant in the field. Germinate seed in well-draining potting soil, ideally in a light supplemented greenhouse with between 16-18 hours of light. Keep temperatures above 68°F, and between 75-85°F for fast and consistent germination rates.
Plant seeds 1/4” deep in fertile, well-draining potting soil and cover lightly. Water trays in gently, soil should be moist but not wet. Over watering can cause seeds to rot, while under-watering will prevent the seeds from sprouting. Remain vigilant in maintaining proper moisture until seeds germinate, as this is the most critical period of the entire season.
Extreme variances will cause germination rates to plummet. Maintain a consistently moist environment. Seeds should sprout in 5-10 days, under ideal environmental conditions, with a 90-95% germination rate. If conditions are less than ideal it can take longer. We suggest waiting 14-20 days after soil temps have warmed before disposing of any ungerminated seed.
Water plants as necessary and be gentle on fresh seedlings as stalks are developing. Misting the soil is the safest means of watering. Once seedlings have emerged, temperatures can be lowered to 60-80°F. For fastest vegetative growth maintain around 60-70% relative humidity. Do not plant starts until after the last frost of the season.
As plants grow, trays may need to be watered multiple times a day to prevent roots from drying out. Check them
frequently, especially during heat waves. If plants begin to yellow you may want to apply a nitrogen rich foliar feed prior to transplanting. Follow all fertilizer labels to prevent nutrient burns.
Hemp seedlings, or starts, have been popped, rooted, and hardened off before being planted. For outdoor grows, these are the best method of planting to ensure the highest germination rate. Seedlings have an established root base, and are more prepared for adverse weather events and out-competing weeds. They'll be planted in late May or Early June here in the Midwest.
Arguments have been made on both sides as to whether seeds or seedlings are the better choice for growers, but when space or time are factors, seedlings are the sure choice. Our starts will be delivered to you 6-8" tall, trayed and ready to be planted.
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