If you are still unsure about the quality of your seeds after analysing their appearance and toughness, it’s time to put your lab coat and goggles on. Well, not quite. This test is extremely easy and only has two possible outcomes. Fill up a drinking glass or glass jar with water (preferably spring or distilled) and place your seeds on the surface.
A solid way to obtain great seeds is to find a reputable seed bank. These companies pride themselves of their breeding skills and make sure that their customers receive exactly what has been advertised. They have reputations to cater to, so delivering anything less would only harm their image.
This is absolutely not true. As we explained earlier, cannabis seeds naturally look different, and no single physical trait of a seed can tell you whether that seed contains the genetics for a male or female plant. The only way to tell a female cannabis plant from a male is by looking at its flowers when it begins to sex. Don’t be fooled into throwing out perfectly healthy seeds just because a popular internet chart told you so.
Conducting The Float Test
Are your seeds light or dark in colour? Are they tough or do they turn to dust when you press them between your fingers? These are just some of the ways to tell if a seed is healthy and worth growing. Keep reading to learn more.
Remember, just like animals and other living things, cannabis seeds are biologically different from one another (even if they are technically the same strain) and therefore will exhibit different physical characteristics. Don’t let these natural differences fool you into thinking that a larger, rounder, and darker seed (for example) is of better quality than a lighter, smaller, and more oval-shaped one.
Some smokers might be pleased to see some cannabis seeds in their bag, and might think themselves lucky. However, finding seeds in a bag is bad for various reasons. For one, this means the grower has messed up and allowed their female plants to be pollinated by an invading male. When flowers are pollinated, they stop producing THC-containing resin and divert their energy toward producing seeds. Secondly, the seeds will have added to the overall weight of the bag, which means less weed for your buck.
The alternative to this is to risk buying seeds from a hobbyist. This isn’t to say that hobby growers cannot produce fantastic genetics, but if you don’t know them or their skills, there’s no way to know whether your seeds will grow.
A much better indicator of mature cannabis seeds is the test I call the crunch test.
Well, the short answer is tiger striping means the seeds are likely mature! This is always a good thing as spending your hard-earned money on immature seed sucks big time!
Why do some cannabis seeds got tiger stripes and some don’t? So what do the tiger stripes mean?
I must admit, I love producing big, fat, mature, tiger-striped seeds, but those plain jane normal-looking cannabis seeds will likely turn into great plants as well. I have grown out huge, healthy plants from the tiniest of cannabis seeds.
I have noticed when producing cannabis seed, the very first nearly pre-flower seed calyxes can produce huge, fat, very mature seeds….and many will be devoid of tiger striping.
Take a pot seed and squeeze it between your thumb and finger, as you apply pressure the seed may crush and break up in your fingers. This is a clear indication of a bad seed, one that is unlikely to sprout. Any seeds that do not crush are likely mature enough to be viable.
Generally smaller pale seeds and seeds with any dents, cracks or other deformities are simply immature, and unlikely to germinate well. When purchasing cannabis seeds online, the seeds you receive in the mail should be dark in color, and pass the maturity tests below.