There are a few possible reasons why your seed hasn't germinated yet:
- To begin, different seeds have different germination rates and some won't start growing at all. The latter are called 'terminator' seeds, and are, unfortunately, not viable. 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 will increase these rates to 85%+
- If you've been regularly watering your seed in the coco pod, you may have ended your seedling's growth due to something called 'damping off.' We do not recommend doing this due to how it can cause damping off. If yes, you will need to restart your grow.
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. Make sure to check!
Lastly, there are two important things to remember after it's germinated:
If the root is not visible, check to make sure the coco pod drips when you lift it. Once the root emerges from the bottom of the coco pod and is touching the water, your plant will be able to drink and grow more quickly.
You 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’. Push it up a bit once in stage 2 (i.e. Early Vegetation) to help this along.