What quality are my seeds?
Most dark seeds will germinate when given proper conditions. Generally, pale-green or white seeds will not germinate.
On average you can anticipate about 75% of your seeds will germinate. Ordering seeds from a reputable breeder can increase these rates to 85%+.
Timeline for Germinating Most Seeds
36 to 96 hours - Water is absorbed, root tip pops through outer shell and is visible
10 to 14 days - First roots and root hairs become visible
14+ days - Seeds not rooted by day 14 will probably grow slowly if they germinate at all
Once seeds have roots, cell growth accelerates. Seedlings develop into full vegetative growth within 4 to 6 weeks of germination.
Planting Your Seed
Planting your seed directly into the Grobo Coco Pod will reduce shock of transferring your young seedling during transplant. Because the seed start in its final resting place, your seedling will immediately start adjusting to its environment. Transplanting sprouted seeds causes stress to the plant.
When planting your seed in the Coco Pod:
1) Make sure you plant it knuckle deep (0.25 - .75 inches) in the moistened Coco Pod
2) Cover the seed with a small piece of the Coco Pod - this can be torn off the side
3) The lights in your Grobo will keep things warm in order for your seed to sprout
Importance of Moisture Timing
Seeds need oxygen from the air to germinate. Coco Pods that are too wet will cut off oxygen, drowning the seed. Coco Pods that are too dry won’t provide the moisture needed for proper germination.
As soon as the seed germinates and roots develop, the cooped must start drying out to prevent damping off.