: I do indeed plan on doing a log. The only problem is, I'm going to be moving soon, and don't know all the details of my new pad yet. So before any growing gets done, I have to get that whole situ mapped out, to see whether or not growing will be a feasible possibility. Either way, it'll be at least four months before I can get a start to finish log up. If I remember, I'll drop you a PM when/if I get it posted.
These seeds show some serious promise though, and I'm eager to grow them out. I smoked some of the weed these guys came from earlier today, paying careful attention this time to the quality of the high, etc. I mean I'm talking the tiniest pinch of bud, enough for two or three good hits. Definite creeper, but I was stoned to the bone after about 20 minutes. The smoke is on par with any seedless headies, and it's literally full of seeds. So yeah, these are getting grown out for sure -- sooner or later (hopefully sooner).
Growing bagseed is always such an exciting proposition. I'm not talking mexi brick, but those rare seeds you pull from a bag of good bud. And for me, the shit has to be totally seeded for the seeds to be a contestant for growing. Cause in my eyes, those "one in a pound" seeds are most likely the result of a hermi-cross. But when you find a bag that's completely seeded, it's almost guaranteed that the progeny came from a male-female cross. Going one step further, if the weed you got them from turns out to be good, while still being fully seeded, then you've got yourself some serious testing stock. I can probably count on one hand how many times I've come across bag seed that meets all these criteria, and this latest batch certainly does. I'm pretty pumped to try them out (if I haven't said that ten times already :wink
: I think you need to adjust your monitor. The seeds at the top (both on my screen, and in real life) range in color from medium-dark brown, to light gray. I've been doing this for a long time, and can tell just by looking at them that they're all viable. And what's more, those are breeder's seeds, still sealed in the breeder pack, which were purchased less than two months ago, and refrigerated since new.
One thing to bear in mind: fresh seeds have a dark coating on them, like a thin skin. It's analogous in some ways to the brown, papery stuff that's on peanuts. In the second big bag seed from the left in the first picture, you can see that brown coating beginning to flake off, revealing the uniformly light-gray seed beneath (which, I should note, has no mottling). In my experience, most or all breeder stock has had that papery coating removed, probably as a result of sorting and packing.
Immature seeds are generally a very, very light tan (almost white), or green. The Afghani#1s you're referring to are neither. The best test of viability, in my experience, is to get the seed between your thumb and index finger, and squeeze hard. If the seed collapses, it's crap. If it doesn't, it's probably good.
I've gotten seeds from breeders that looked completely immature, but they passed the squeeze test, and subsequently went on to germinate. Indeed, if time and experience has taught me anything, it's that you can't (in general) look at a seed, and predict it's ability to germinate. I've heard the color thing, I've heard the stripes thing, the mottled thing, the "if it floats it's bad" thing, and without a doubt, nine times out of ten those predictors are wrong. I've looked at seeds that appeared so immature that it felt like a waste of time to squeeze test them. But I did, they passed, and subsequently grew.
So by the by, do a squeeze test on questionable stock, and if it passes I'd give it a 95% chance of germinating, provided you have shit together on your end.