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how to tell if a seed is good

Discussion in 'General Marijuana Growing' started by smurfy78, Dec 4, 2007.


    smurfy78 Active Member

    how can you tell which seeds will have a higher percent of germination? like if i wanted to germinate a random seed what qualities would i look for in a seed? a dark hard shell? a lighter shell? softness? if you have any ways to tell which seeds would be more likely to germinate please share

    mastakoosh Well-Known Member

    i always heard a bigger darker one with tiger striping but i have heard that even ones that dont look like this will be alright. i know people are gonna give me shit and say i dont know anything but oh well haha. just my 2 pennies. btw i love your avatar, marion the barbarian.
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    crazy-mental Well-Known Member

    if it grows.
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    crazy-mental Well-Known Member

    id say thats good advice. here are sone good seed 002.jpg
    this had the tiger like stripes and it popped after one day. lite green are no good nore are small ones, or diformed ones, like dutch masters.

    smurfy78 Active Member

    thnx, and marion barber is a beast!

    einsteinus Active Member

    thats a great picture

    merkzilla Active Member

    Tiger stripes are usually a sign that the seed matured properly before being taken. A lot of times though you get immature looking ones and they take fine.

    GanjaGod420000 Well-Known Member

    Definately if it germinates is how I tell... But, I usually try to use nice plump, darker, tiger-striped or speckled ones, HOWEVER, I HAVE had some immature white seeds that ended up giving me some of the best plants Ive ever had, and I thought surely THESE wont germ, but I'll be damned if they didnt...
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    colonuggs Well-Known Member

    roll the seed inbetween your fingers pressing together lightly....if it cracks its preme

    KrAzEo Well-Known Member

    Viable, healthy seeds can usually be spotted from their external appearance. A good seed will be well fleshed-out and not crinkled or cracked. Take some seeds into one hand and rub them between your palms. Good seeds will appear to be glossy and gray, gray-green or gray-brown in color and have a good weight with a fleshy appearance. To further test your seed quality, take the selected seeds you intend to plant and drop them into a pan or bowl with distilled water in it. The healthy seeds will usually have enough mass to cause them to sink (it is recommended that this test be performed just prior to planting because the seeds must be kept dry until ready to germinate).

    Look at every seed for signs of immaturity meaning the color and patterns on the marijuana seed surface is blended, grey or geenhish and the surface is too soft. Too young seeds are also smaller and much lighter than ripe ones and when dropped into the water, premature seeds will not drown, you will see them floating on the water surface.

    If you want further deeper tests for viable seeds, take the matter beyond just the external examination. Several internal conditions will affect the ability of the seed to germinate and these are not detectable by the appearance and the water test methods. One reliable test is to randomly select a few seeds from the batch that has a good appearance. Crack them open, smell and taste them. If they have a musty, oily taste, they are probably old seeds and are on the verge of going bad. If you notice any seeds which have a black appearance inside, then fermentation has begun to set in and there is very little chance that such seeds will germinate. Conversely, if they look pale and dusty inside then they are old and will have a low germination rate and produce feeble, sickly plants at best.

    Quality viable marijuana seeds are bigger, have clear distinct surface color pattern, are heavy with healthy embrio and the surface is hard. Usually the best quality seeds are those bought directly from a producer over the internet, also quality is very high when buying at specialised marijuana seed shops in countries where law allowes retail marijuana seeds commerce.

    Perhaps the most reliable test, if you start your selection testing well in advance of planting time, is to simply germinate a small group of randomly selected seeds from those which appear healthy. This will give you a fairly accurate estimate of what to expect from your batch of selected seeds after planting. A germination percentage above 50% is considered excellent for seeds acquired on the streets. Professionalmarijuana seeds online providers proud themselves with germination ratio of 90% up to 100% and in most cases it is a true promise that will come true.

    Of course, germination is the ultimate test, but remember it is not 100% sure, because if it is a grower who doesn't know how to germinate seeds properly and damages them during germination, you will never know if you had quality seeds or not. That is why if you plan growing marijuana plants every year, and interested in checking out new genetic achievements, be sure to examine your seeds carefully.


    Very good info on the subject!
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    GanjaGod420000 Well-Known Member

    I dont think we have any sortof magical ultrasound devices for determining seed sex, or viability as of yet, but that'd sure be knarley if we did... And I'm sure therez some canna-genious out there who will one day come up with something of that nature, and I can't wait to stand in line and buy myself one...lol...

    jamboss Well-Known Member

    Place the seed between ur index and thumb and squeeze firmly if it cracks its no good if it doesn't it's more viable.

    GanjaGod420000 Well-Known Member

    No doubt jamboss... The harder, the better... Or, at least thatz what she said...lol...

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