Seed Oriented Planting and Uniform Emergence of Seedlings
by, 06-24-2010 at 10:39 PM (1074 Views)
For quite some time now I've practiced seed oriented planting which allows for the quick, uniform emergence of your seedlings. While this concept is practiced widely throughout agriculture it rarely gets mentioned in the cannabis world.
If you've ever started a large batch of seeds before you've probably noticed the random pattern plants can emerge in. A few today, a few tomorrow, some possibly taking up to a week. Or maybe you've transplanted from paper towels to find your root spiraling inside, and later unable to break the soil.
Often times we are inclined to believe that these plants were runts, predispositioned for failure, or simply not vigorous. The true fact however could be that simple orientation has delayed their emergence. This is one of mother natures many tools for promoting bio-diversity by stunting or culling our plants.
By taking the time to familiar yourself with your seeds and locating the end the raticle will emerge from (pointed end), and placing this end towards the surface, you can achieve a faster, more uniform emergence rate over non-oriented planting styles.
Crops that sprout evenly, mature evenly, and crops that mature evenly, have better crop yields. While this may seem insignificant or go unnoticed with small crops, for every additional plant you have, this delay in emergence has some negative factor. Farmers spend buckoo dollars for high tech seed orienting equipment, we're lucky to share the pie for free.
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