Planting A Seed
Getting the Coco Pod moist, and making sure it remains moist during germination, is one of the most crucial parts of your setup. To do this correctly;
- Place the Coco Pod in a bucket of water (Reverse Osmosis or Distilled are best) and squeeze out the air a couple times by squeezing the Coco Pod underwater with your hand
- It should be dripping wet after this - but we don’t want it to remain this wet. Give it a good ½ squeeze to remove some of the excess water
- Place the Coco Pod into the white reservoir lid so that the top of the Coco Pod is flush or even with the top of the lid
- Push your seed into the small hole at the top of the plug
- Tear a small pea sized corner off of the side of the plug at the top
- Gently push the seed down to ensure the plug you have just added is in contact with the seed
The Coco Pod must stay moist during germination!
We are trying to get the seed in contact with the coco medium on all sides to improve germination rates. You don’t want the plug sliding down in the lid. If it does, carefully pull the Coco Pod out of the cover and put the Coco Pod into the reservoir tank to make sure it stays moist until germination occurs!
What do I do if it dries out?
If your Coco Pod dries out, you can pull it out and dip it into your reservoir tank to get it wet again. When putting it back into the plug, make sure it is flush with the cover.
The first two weeks are important for the life and health of your seed and seedling. Cannabis seeds pop in 12 hours to 14 days. Once the seed casing has absorbed enough water, the shell will split and the seedling will emerge. You will be able to see your root emerge from the bottom of the Coco Pod. You will be able to see it visually by lifting up the lid and peering at the bottom of the pod.
Two important things to remember;
- We want the Coco Pod to drip when we lift it if the root is not visible. Once the root emerges from the bottom of the Coco Pod and is touching the water, your plant will be able to drink
- We want the Coco Pod to start to dry out after the roots touch the water. If your Coco Pod is too wet once your seedling has emerged, you run the risk of ‘damping off’
This is a disease that attacks young seedlings at the spot where the stem and growing medium meet. Your seedling will slow its growth and fall over.
If the root is in the water and your Coco Pod is slowly drying out, you will be fine. The system fills to a different level for those important couple of weeks after the root has found the water.
During this time you will see your plant start to take off and grow more and more each day, adding both height and additional leaves. When your plant reaches 4-7 set of branches you have the option to top and lollipop it. Check out our Harvesting Cannabis video.
Keep up the weekly reservoir change, your plant will reward you for it in the end!