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Old 09-30-2017, 10:02 PM #31
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Decided to go ahead and just plant all the ones that cracked, which was every single seed in the paper towels except for one strain

Those jiffy pellets seem to hold a lot more water than the root riot plugs. I tried gently squeezing a bit of the extra water out without crushing the thing. I assume it doesn't want to be totally saturated.

I used the little end of a bic pen cap to make a 1cm hole in the tops and gently put them in root down, put a little bit of peat over the top and gently pressed to cover the hole. I've placed them all in a tupperware in the heated room with the rest of the seeds.

Hopefully we'll see some heads above ground tomorrow!!
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If you are dealing with old seeds you may not yet be out of the woods....

often they will crack the shell but never manage to elongate their root.....

Its the difference in living and dying...

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Thanks for filling me with confidence lol

This will be quite interesting actually as an experiment. I've put equal amount of each strain in paper towels and straight into Root Riot plugs.
So basically whichever sprouts the seedlings first should be the preferred method...in theory.
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Like you say....its just part of your experiment....

If you find that some of the seeds you planted that had split the shells and dont come up.... YOu should get curious and see what happened....

New seeds dont do that....but old seeds do....
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I've no reason to think these are old seeds. This is from a totally different order from a different company than before.

Fingers crossed.
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I am now a proud father of 2 little seedlings after roughly 55hours from planting the seeds.

1x mazar x great white shark and 1x master kush have sprouted their heads above ground.

They both appeared at exactly the same time and both are in separate mediums so the verdict is till out on the paper towel into jiffys vs straight into root riots experiment.
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Woke up to 5 more seedling emerging. I'm thinking nearly all will be above ground by tomorrow at this rate.

The Super Stars however are still being particularly stubborn...all 3 in paper towels have yet to crack. I decided to rough them up a bit so I sandwiched them between 2 layers of fine sandpaper and lightly scuffed them....1 didn't survive lol RIP
I replaced the remaining 2 in their paper towel home.

Both the Super Stars in root riots have yet to show themselves too. They were the smallest seeds out of all the strains so maybe that's why?
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Easy scarification tube...

Take a 4" x 5" sheet of sand paper, about 60-100 grit is fine. Roll it, grit side in, into a tube and tape it securely. Done.

Use it by putting your thumb over one opening, dropping some seeds inside, putting a finger over the other end and shaking it for a half minute. Very simple and effective. I used to do this, and presoak and paper towel method. Now I simply put it in soil or vermiculite and sprout it. I get almost the same sprouting rate, spend way less time monitoring and end up throwing away fewer runts.
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Should I wait for the ones that have cracked to grow a longer taproot before planting into my jiffy pellets? Or should I put them in as soon as they have cracked open?
I think its easier to handle when you put them into soil when they're half an inch, like Mrbungle said, so they don't get rinsed away when you water them.
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