Growing marijuana is easy, but it can be intimidating for first-time growers.  Luckily, Cannabist offers free seed offerings for first time growers. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your purchase.

Do Your Research

Growing cannabis is a process, and it requires hard work. It also requires know-how. First and foremost, you need to do your research. You need to learn about the different types of seeds and how to best grow the desired seeds. You need to learn the best climate for the seeds you want and the best soil for growing marijuana. Then you need to learn about the best growing practices. The more you learn, the better product you will produce. Knowing these things in advance will prevent you from making devastating and possibly expensive mistakes.

Provide Adequate Conditions

You need to start yourself on the right foot. This means providing the exact perfect conditions for your seeds. If possible, the best option is to build a temperature-controlled greenhouse. This will give you more control than if you rely on the weather outside. A proper greenhouse will also give you control over things like humidity and soil.

Dedicate Yourself

Most importantly, you need to dedicate yourself to the process. Growing cannabis in South Africa can be a daunting task. However, it’s well worth it if you put in the work. It’s important to be realistic about the amount of time you can put into your plants. Some seeds will require more effort than others. Pick a seed that firs your lifestyle. Continue to put in the effort regularly and have patience. It will take months for you to see your hard work become fruitful. Just keep at it.

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Cannabist has the best cannabis seeds in South Africa. South Africa is somewhat known for its lax behavior when it comes to marijuana laws. However, you need to take the proper precautions. Always be safe when driving and buy from a trustworthy source. However, it’s best to grow your own if you can. Buy your seeds and watch your own personal garden grow.

White vs Dark Cannabis Seed germination test from Dutch Passion on Vimeo.

How to germinate cannabis seeds: Tried and tested method

We have tested just about every method to germinate cannabis seeds and always have the best results with the cotton pad method. There are a few critical things you need to pay attention to when using this method, other than that it is pretty strait forward.

Use make-up pads, nothing else

Don’t use roller/paper towel, tissues or toilet paper, only use make-up cotton pad as they retains the right level of moisture and allow air for the roots.

Don’t use too much water, or your seeds with drown

Each pad only need 3-5 short sprays from a misting bottle to moisten them. Cannabis seeds need both moisture and air. If the pads are too wet, the roots will be submerged in water when they sprout and wont be able to breath. They will rot and die, a brown color on the tip of the root is a tell tail sign that there is too much water.

Keep the moisture locked in, or your seeds will dry up and die!

If you wet the pads and leave them out and exposed, they will dry out. Place the cotton pads with the seeds in sealable tupperware or a plate that you can wrap in cling film / cling wrap to lock in he moisture.

Seeds germinate better when warm

Cannabis seeds have the highest germination success rate right around the sweet spot of 26°C. They can still germinate at other temperatures though drastically decline below 21°C and above 30°C. What we find works best is just pop them on top of your fridge, near the back which gives off a bit of heat to keep them nice and warm.

Be patient

The less you fiddle, the better. Most seeds should germinate between 2-3 days but can take up to even 10 days. Sometimes the seed’s shell can be quite hard and water struggles to pernitrate the shell, if your seeds haven’t germinated, you can place them in a shot glass of water for 24 hours and attempt the cotton pad method again.

Here are some detailed guides by Dutch Passion – a world renowned seedbank.

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