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The Seedling Stage is the first 2 or 3 weeks of the lifecycle. During this time, it is equally important to provide darkness to promote healthy root growth. Many choose to run the lights ON for 18 hours a day and off for 6 hours. Additionally, the 12 ON and 12 OFF light cycle will also produce healthy growth. 

For indoor, this is easily controlled. When growing outdoors, you should consider starting indoors under a grow light for the first 2 weeks or until you see the second node completely form.

  • Place your seed in a cup full of water and set it in a warm dark place for 24 hours.

    If your seed is very old and the shell is really hard, water may not be able to penetrate the surface. You can soak the seed in a Mix of Hydrogen Peroxide and water (3 parts water 1 part Peroxide) for 2-3 hours before you soak in the water for 24 hours. 

    Once the seed has soaked for 24 hours, place it on a dry paper towel (preferably an all white-paper towel without dyes added for design) and fold it two times. Next, get it wet with some room temperature water and place it inside an OPEN ziplock bag.

    Place the "ziplock" bag with the bundle inside somewhere dark and warm. Some found that placing it on top of small electronic devices like routers and modems stay warm enough to "incubate" the seeds.  Check the paper towel for wetness about 2 times per day. After 2 day's, you should have a tap root showing. 

    Some suggest to wait until the taproot is a certain length, but in our experience, as long as you see the taproot, it is ready for the dirt.

    Some people like to plant the seed into a small cup or planter. We suggest you plant it directly into the planter that you will use for the entire life of the plant.  

    If you are growing indoors, and your plant remains fairly small, a 1 gallon pot will work. This is plenty for "Auto Flowers".

    If you plan on growing a "Super" plant, you may want to get a 5 gallon bag or bucket. This is ideal for outdoor plants and plants that will exceed five feet in height.

    There are many different suggestions for placing your seedling into the dirt. We use the following method:

    Water the soil first (in your planter)

    More specifically, With the water hose, run 5-10 gallons of water through it until the water runs clean (it should be very dirty for the first few gallons you pass through it. Once your dirt is "Clean", allow it to dry for a while and then poke a hole in the center of the dirt with your finger about 1/2 inch to 1 inch deep and place the sprouted seedling inside so that the taproot is facing down. Then cover with loose dirt. 

  • Although seeds are relatively simple to sprout, there are a million ways that they can die. 

    When you first place your seed into the dirt, put it in the dark until the next light cycle. The Darkness promotes root growth. Then, you can give them light after the initial darkness. Some may argue that this is not necessary, but we believe that it is more important to grown downward (roots) than it is to grow upward at this early stage.

     

    Light is not a priority at this stage. While the plant will need light, it does not need the full power of your grow lights.  In fact, too much light in the early stages can kill your seedling in a matter of hours. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER FOR NEW GROWERS. When you do put your seedling under the lights, make sure that they are far away from the light source. So, never put a tiny seedling less than 2 feet from your lights. Especially non-LED grow lights, the heat alone will kill a seedling within a few hours.

    We recommend using a small LED light to get them started. Once they have established enough roots and start their second node, it will be ready to put put under your lights.