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marijuana seed died while germinating

I got 3 LR2 x AK47 seeds from Attitude and germinated 1 of em (Paper towel method). I then got a 8 1/4" pot, which I think may be entirely too big, after filling it with Fox Farms Ocean Forest and watered thoroughly (all extra drained water I disposed of) then I put the seed about half an inch under the moist soil and put it in my closet. There’s a fan that cirulates air and the light was put about 2" from the soil. First day after 18 hour light with a 125Watt 5u CFL, nothing. Second day, nothing, but I looked at the seed and the taproot was green but the tip was a light brown. This morning after another 18 hours, the seed shell is a light brown, and the plant inside the shell looks crispy almost. I moved the light a few inches away from the soil after making sure the soil was moist again (Seed was taken up anyway to see its "development") I’m not sure if this is overwatering or heat? I tried to make sure to have a balance, but the top of the soild and about an inch down just seemed so dry.

I think it is both overwatering and the light being way too close.

So, I first want to say thanks to everyone here who is always helping peolpe with their questions. I’ve read many forums and threads and without you guys’ help I would be even worse at this. I’m a COMPLETE Noob and this is my first grow ever.

Grumpy Old Dreamer

Forget the paper towel, just pop the seed in damp soil and leave it alone – too many seedlings are killed by growers – they know how to grow without us screwing them up

The major cause is lack of light. The seedlings are stretching in search of light. This leads to elongated and weak growth. Give your seedlings as much light as possible. Move them closer to the lamp. Put them under an HPS lamp if available. If you are growing near a window move the plants to the sunniest spot or supplement grow time with a lamp. Outdoors you should also provide as much light as possible. Support the seedlings with a stick or looped wire while they regain strength. As soon as they have sufficient light they will grow vigorously.

Some or all seedlings grow weak and tall

b) some or all seeds are intact, but have noticeably changed colour and are darker; some may also have a whitish substance coating the rounded end, or the embryo inside has turned soft or slushy.

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Especially with our genetics you will find growing on soil very easy and rewarding. It is highly probable that any benefits you may be expecting from hydroponics, such as a higher yield, will be much simpler and securer to achieve with a straightforward soil cultivation!

In some rare cases frost during delivery can damage seeds. If your seeds are subjected to freezing temperatures (such as lying outside in a mail box) you should dethaw them slowly. Put them in the refrigerator a couple of hours for this purpose.