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I’ve used riot and rapid rooters . but I germ in a napkin laid in the dome over
heat pad. Once tapp root pops I drop em into a rapid rooter or root riot.
Just a quick question or 2. Hasw anyone used Root Riot for seeds or just sprouted seeds? What did you think of it? I just got a rrot riot set up tray and am not sure if i should use it or not.
In nature, if you drop a bucketful of cannbis seeds from a plant, more than 50% of them will land with the big end down and little end up – due to the laws of physics.
A seed trying to push open from the inside is like a small person trying to push a heavy door open from the middle of the door, rather than pulling it open with a handle mounted near the outside edge of the door.
If the seed is planted with the pointed end down, then as it makes its way up through the soil, the action of pushing through the soil actually pushes the seed closed, and then once the seed shell breaks the surface, the last bit of energy your new seedling has must OMPH open the husk.
Germinating cannabis seeds in a wet paper towel is the easiest way to kill them. The little white tap root that first emerges from a seed when it cracks is very fragile. Handling it, even if it doesn’t break off, traumatizes the seeds. Some will be strong enough to survive, but not all.
This idea has been propagated all across the web, but that doesn’t make it right. Think about it. What other type of seed would you try to start in a wet paper towel?
Both grow sites and user forums advise new growers to germinate their precious (and expensive) cannabis seeds in damp paper towels. And, those same beginners complain year after year about seeds that either won’t crack or don’t thrive once they touch dirt.
Do yourself a favor and leave the paper products in the kitchen where they belong.
Why The Paper Towel Method Is A Bad Idea
Keep the cube damp so the seed will germinate. The easiest way to do this is pop them in a germination dray and cover with a humidity dome. But, no worries if you don’t have one. You can put the cubes in a cup then cover with any type of plastic. Zip lock bags or plastic wrap will work, but I like to use the plastic drink cups they use at fast food joints and gas stations. The tops hold in the moisture and the straw hole is a perfect vent.
If your starter cubes dry out, soak them in some PH’d water and they’ll be good as new. Don’t worry about saturating them. Once you take them out of the water bath, they’ll air dry in a few minutes and be ready to use.
Most starter cubes have a wide top, tapered sides and a slightly smaller bottom so they can fit snugly in a germination tray. Look for a small hole in the center of the top. If you don’t see one, insert a blade tip and give it a little twist. Insert your seed in the hole about ¼ inch, just far enough down that you can’t see it. It doesn’t matter what end faces up or if you put them in the dark.
Once the seeds germinate, give them a week or two to develop a robust root system before transplanting to soil or hydro. Multiple roots will emerge from the bottom and the sides of the cube, and the taproot may show multiple little branches. Water lightly as needed to keep the cubes moist during this time.