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Born in Ashton California, Lourbaud, Justin is a Cannabis connoisseur, activist and weed influencer. A graduate of Sociology from the Utah State University, I have had experience in all facets of the Cannabis chain.

For more than a decade, I have lent my voice to the cause of legalization of marijuana. Although I now live in the Netherlands, my roots are firm in the pot culture of Northern California. I am concerned about the healthy wellbeing of people and the failings of conventional medicine to provide answers to some of the world’s most debilitating ailments.

It is always possible that a marijuana seed will not germinate, and the question rises what the reason is. The bad genetics of the seed are usually blamed. Most people will instantly say that the seed must be of very poor quality. But the gardener who lets the seed germinate and touches it without gloves or tweezers also has an influence. That is at least the opinion of many professional growers. Read on and learn more about this topic. What are the risks with germination? And what is the best way to handle your fragile cannabis seeds? Let’s find out!

Use tweezers

Certainly, if you are just starting to grow weed, it is smart to keep a grow guide at hand. On the site of Amsterdam Marijuana Seeds you will find grow guides that you can consult for free. They are easy to follow guides that help you to get the best out of your plant in every growth phase. These grow guides are written by experienced, professional growers who know what they are talking about. If you follow the steps, the chance of errors is very small. Certainly, if you have just started breeding, there are a lot of pitfalls, and by sticking to the grow guides you can prevent these errors very easily. This keeps the cultivation your own cannabis plants fun and your whole growing adventure will certainly grow into a big success. And that’s exactly why you started it in the first place, right?

I started out just smoking pot for recreational purposes before I got introduced to the benefits of the herb by some of the members of the growing legalize marijuana movement at the time. With further reading and my personal experiences, I found out that weed held lots of benefits that far outweighed any negative attributes.

There will be many growers who consider this nonsense. And most breeders will just touch seeds with their bare hands. But in addition to cannabis growers, there are many more people who are also professionally involved with seeds, such as botanists and biologists. These professionals are generally of the opinion that the traces you leave behind on a seed can indeed have an effect on the germination process and the growth cycle that follows.

See, there are many, many cases in which fortunately there is no problem. These are all situations in which a grower simply takes the seeds out of the bag with his bare hands, lets it germinate, and then puts it in the soil, or any other growing medium. All with bare hands. The seed simply germinates as if nothing is wrong. And the plant grows into a healthy shrub with beautiful flower tops. But on the other hand you have growers who prefer not to take the risk and also have a scientific basis for this.

There is indeed evidence that touching a seed with your bare hands carries a risk. So what should you do now? You will probably get away with it if you do not store the seed for long. If you let it germinate immediately, there is probably no problem. The risk, however, becomes greater the longer you store the seed before you let it germinate. The longer you keep it, the longer the esoteric oils have the chance to influence and reduce the quality of the seed. Many believe there is certainly a risk that the seed will not germinate, or that the plant appears to be weak. That would be too bad, wouldn’t it? So why take the risk?

Our hands and fingers are covered with oils and bacteria. Even if you wash your hands a hundred times a day, there will always be bacteria present again soon after every time you disinfect your hands. You don’t see it, but if you touch a weed seed, you will leave your mark. Usually that is fine and the seed will germinate. But if you leave the seed for a long time, the bacteria and esoteric oils you have left on it can undermine the germinative power of the seed. Ultimately, that can result in a seed not sprouting. The chance of that is small, but it is present.

But many problems can arise when growing cannabis, both indoors and outdoors. Bad weather, bugs, nutrient deficiencies, improper watering, and many other issues can pop up.

A weed plant needs the correct balance of nutrients for it to grow properly and be healthy. If anything, err of the side of too little nutrients—it’s a lot harder to correct a plant with too many nutrients than to add more. Keep in mind that organic nutrients are a little more forgiving.

What’s wrong with my weed plant?

New growers are often guilty of giving their new weed plants too much love. As we’ve mentioned before, it’s called weed for a reason—a lot of times the answer is to just let the plant be.

Check out these articles on specific topics on how to troubleshoot issues with marijuana plants:

Cannabis plants are resilient. The plant grows successfully all over the globe in many different climates—it’s called “weed” for a reason.