Pressed seeds: Is it worth planting?
Let’s face it, we’ve all done the experiment: Take some seeds from a pressed smoke to try to grow them.
Doubts, however, always remain in the air: Will this seed germinate? Is your genetics good? Will it grow with health and vigor? Of all the seeds of my smoke, which one do I choose? Is she Indica or Sativa?
When we are not sure of the genetic origin of the seed, some of these questions are impossible to answer, but some information can be extracted if you have the right knowledge at hand.
In this article we are going to talk a little more about the observations that anyone can make about grass that they have grown from pressed seeds – check it out!
Choosing the best seeds
There are a few ways to analyze whether your seeds are healthy or not, the easiest of which is to observe the appearance of the seed in question.
Some details are obvious, while others take time to identify quickly. Healthier and genetically superior seeds exhibit darker colors in the outer shell. Shades of brown and black are signs of good seed, sometimes displaying a striped aesthetic.
Healthy seeds also appear to have a layer of wax on the skin. This can be seen when looking at the seeds in the light and seeing the glow reflecting off their surface.
Darker and better quality seeds will be firmer to the touch. Do a test – place the seed between your thumb and index finger and squeeze it tightly enough to test its resistance. If the seed feels firm and does not bend or break under the applied pressure, it is likely to be worth planting.
Poor or old seeds will crack and break under pressure. If they break with pressure, they are already unusable. If they broke with this simple pressure, it means that they would not be worth the effort invested in cultivating it.
Immature and young seeds will appear green and white. These seeds are unlikely to germinate and, if they do, it will take much longer than normal.
But remember, the best way to test a seed’s genetic potential is to grow it. Appearance tests can sometimes give false results.
Marketed X Genetic Seeds
Many first-time growers, when growing their first herb with pressed seeds, ask themselves a question: “What is the strain of my plant?”
To be able to answer this question, you must first understand why the genetics of the market are so striking in their characteristics, and the reason for this is called genetic improvement .
The genetics we have on the market today are the result of almost half a century of genetic improvement ( Purple Haze for example was created in 1967).
This means that for more than 50 years, growers have grown these strains and crossed them with plants with the desirable characteristics of each crop so that the subsequent generation is more potent and striking than its original one.
When we talk about pressed seeds, these are plants that are grown only to be trafficked by Latin America. They are plants grown in several different places, in different ways and with seeds and characteristics that can change with each harvest.
They may have some kinship or similarity with striking genetics in the market, but they are just coincidences since they do not undergo the genetic improvement that makes each strain so striking in its attributes.
What we get to know about the herb grown from the pressed seed
Although we are unable to know the strain of an herb from the press, we can at least know whether it is of the species Cannabis Indica or Cannabis Sativa.
As Sativa plants originate from tropical climates, it is most likely that the vast majority of seeds found in pressed fumes are of Sativa origin.
To know how to differentiate Indicas and Sativas is very easy, access this article that talks about the theme!
About the genetic origin of the plant, that’s all we can know. The cannabinoid profile, trichome production, terpene profile and other characteristics can only be observed at harvest time.
How to germinate your seeds
First, how many seeds should I have to start?
Well, let’s use the example of a greenhouse that has a capacity of 3 plants.
In the case of those who choose feminized seeds, a minimum of 5 seeds is recommended as it is always good to have some in reserve in case of unforeseen events such as diseases or problems with germination.
Those who choose normal seeds should remember that these seeds have a 50% chance of becoming male plants and a 50% chance of becoming female plants. Male plants do not produce cannabinoids, so they will have to be killed when identified so as not to disturb the females.
With that in mind, those who choose to take common seeds should buy more than twice the number of plants they want in the greenhouse. In our example of a greenhouse with room for 3 plants, it is recommended to purchase at least 6 seeds, but the more the better.
Now that we have the right amount of seeds in hand, let’s show you two methods of germination that are widely used by growers around the world:
Germ cell or peat
- Germ cells are small disks of substrate that expand when wet. Its use is extremely easy:
- Wet the disks until they expand
- Insert a seed into each one about 2cm deep and covered with soil
- Store discs somewhere without light
- Keep discs moist. Too much water can damage the seed
- After 2-7 days your seedling must sprout, from then on your lights have to stay on for at least 16 hours daily
- They will grow very quickly in this phase, keep them moist but don’t drown them
- When you notice that the roots are extrapolating the corners of the disc, transplant it urgently to a pot with fertile soil
Paper towel method
This is one of the easiest methods to germinate Cannabis seeds and is done using only paper towels and water. It is worth mentioning that because it is a homemade method, it offers a lower percentage of germination compared to other strategies.