Unlike other agricultural crops (like vegetables, fruit, or grain), cannabis hasn’t undergone the vigorous breeding techniques that ensure a stable crop. This means that you’ll sometimes sow a pack of seeds technically labeled as the same “strain,” but may end up with very different looking plants. It also means that the individual seeds you buy from a seed bank can vary in appearance.
A quick web search will bring up all kinds of myths about how to tell female cannabis seeds from males. One of the most popular ones comes from a chart showing 5 different seeds that claims that the female seeds have “a perfectly round volcano-like depression at the bottom (from where the seed was attached to the plant).”
Appearance And Feel – Checking The Color, Size, and Shape Of Your Seeds
Remember, just like animals and other living things, cannabis seeds are biologically different from one another (even if they are technically the same strain) and therefore will exhibit different physical characteristics. Don’t let these natural differences fool you into thinking that a larger, rounder, and darker seed (for example) is of better quality than a lighter, smaller, and more oval-shaped one.
Quality seeds are the key to healthy plants and good harvests. While proper feeding/watering and good light quality obviously also affect the health and yield potential of your plants, starting a grow with top-shelf genetics is equally, if not more important. But how exactly do you tell quality cannabis seeds apart from the rest? In this article, we’ll show you exactly how to spot top-quality cannabis seeds, avoid duds, and start your grow off right.
We hear this question all the time from clients and beginner growers, and the answer is a resounding no. There is simply no way to tell the sex of a cannabis seed just by looking at it.
Dark Angel balances indica and sativa characteristics while growing easily enough even for a novice grower. An excellent strain for gentle relaxation or for moderate pain relief while allowing your mind to explore. This strain typically has dark green leaves and produces flowers that are rich in trichomes with THC level that can reach up to 20%. The terpene profile of Dark Angel has hints of coffee and nutmeg.
Dark Angel is the offspring of crowd favorites Cheese and Jack Herer. When growing this plant outdoors, you can expect yields of around 350g. Indoors, a single Dark Angel plant can give you up to 550g of trichome-filled deliciousness.
This strain is primarily used for relief from minor and moderate body pain. The body buzz induced by Dark Angel is guaranteed to keep you locked to the couch for hours as your mind is left free to wander and think clearly.
Being equal parts Indica and Sativa, Dark Angel feminized seeds gives you a taste of the best of both worlds. Capable of growing and yielding handsome quantities of resin-rich buds indoors or outdoors, this plant is classified as an easy grow. If you are new to growing weed, this may be a good option for you.
This strain is nice to have around if you are into spending weekends in absolute relaxation or would like to calm or soothe aching muscles. This plant is also quite versatile. The THC content is high, with a good amount of CBD at 0.4%, which explains the effect of this plant against some bodily ailments.
Water is a requirement for the germination of seeds. Water will give enough moist to your seeds but make sure it will not lead to soaking as well.
Marijuana seeds will require oxygen for its metabolic process. The oxygen will let your seeds breathe properly thus it will support its growth and development under the soil or in any medium you use for germination. This is why its important to make sure the seeds are ventilated and have air flow during germination.
All seeds have desired temperature to germinate. In the case of cannabis seed germination, it has a range of temperature required to germinate. Above or below the range will hinder its germination. 70 degrees Fahrenheit – 90 degrees Fahrenheit (21°C – 32°C).
Aside from darkness, there are several factors also which you need to consider to successfully germinate your marijuana seeds. These are water, oxygen, and temperature.
This is why seeds have to be germinated in the dark.
Why is darkness more suitable for seed germination?
According to experts in the marijuana industry, cannabis seeds are best to germinate if they will be placed in the dark. The main reason why this is effective and true is the fact that light may trigger and act as a hindrance to the germination of your seeds.
You may hear the phrase “on and off” in seed germination. Phytochrome Red or Pr is a pigment that will absorb red lights, this pigment is usually found in leaves. However, seeds have also Pr which enable them to react when they will receive light. Under the light, your marijuana seeds will absorb other light’s spectrum which will cause the hormones to release alterations of its biological functions. As a result, your marijuana seeds will turn on and off thus delaying its germination and sometimes will make the seeds dormant.
Once you have successfully completed the germination process and have grown some plants your ready for the flowering stage of the cannabis plant after a few weeks.