So depending on how the seed was originally made, bagseed often has a lot of variety. Even if the buds you got were an incredible quality, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the seeds will produce buds like that. If you’ve ever gotten involved with breeding or growing other types of specialized plants like roses, hops or even apples, you’ll know that seeds rarely breed “true” to the parents, and cannabis isn’t any different.
Bag seeds you randomly find in your buds aren’t supposed to be there, so that means that the genetics are a toss-up. Even if the seeds started with good parents, there’s no telling how high or low the quality will be. Unfortunately, the only way to find out is to grow it… Some growers win the genetic lottery, but many others lose out.
Over the years, some of my very best plants came from flimsy, light brown seeds that very likely would have been easy to crush between my fingers.
These cannabis seeds were germinated between two wet pieces of paper towel!
Check out the picture below. We sprouted all the plants at the same time. The tub on the right has seeds that were planted within a week of receiving them in the mail. The tub on the left has a very popular strain with award-winning genetics… but the seeds were more than 6 years old from when we first bought them. Even though they were all put into the tank at the same time and the new seeds grew like crazy, the seeds on the left got outpaced by algae – only one sprouted and though its roots keep growing and growing the actual never got any bigger than two round leaves even after a month!
Growing with bad marijuana seeds is particularly harsh on growers of all levels.
If you talk to breeders, you’ll learn that when you breed two “star” strains together you don’t always get what you’d expect. It seems like every one of the seedlings (or at least most of them) should be capture the best qualities of both their parents.
Seeds are a little nugget of genetic material than can hopefully grow into a plant. And like all other genetic material, it doesn’t last forever! Although seeds can be viable for quite years and years after they’re first produced, the chances of them successfully germinating goes down over time (and old seeds also tend to take a lot longer to germinate than fresh ones). The resulting seedlings are also more likely to be slow growing. But sometimes they sprout like they were born yesterday!
That being said, sometimes bagseed is all you have, and lots of growers get lucky!
Older and less viable seeds can feel slightly soft and spongy. The worst-quality seeds can even crack under the pressure due to their low moisture and nutritional content compared to young seeds.
Growing cannabis from a seed is super easy if you have the right tools and skills. If you are a new cannabis grower or a seasoned grower who wants to fill in any knowledge gaps, enrolling in Cannabis Training University can help.
Put a wet folded paper towel on top of the same seeds and put a plate over it to finalize the germination sandwich method. After two days, watch if the seeds sprout and if so, they should be sowed. It also means that they are of high quality.
In terms of shape, good cannabis seeds tend to have a tear-drop shape with a round end on one side and a tapered end on the other. Generally, seeds that do not have this shape have a lower risk of viability.
If you want to grow incredible cannabis plants, you should begin with the appropriate fundamentals. You have to sow the highest quality cannabis seeds to essentially encourage your seeds to grow vigorous and dynamic plants.
The Cannabis Germination Procedure
How do you figure out which seed is good? Well, at first glance, it has to look healthy. To detect good cannabis seeds, you have to also know what to expect in shape, color, and size, even though these features don’t always guarantee successful sprouting.
It can be hard to determine if a cannabis seed is good or bad depending on its size and shape alone. High quality cannabis seeds can be small or large. If you are small seed displays other features of a good seed, then it is a good candidate for germination.