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Best methods for Germinating Autoflower Seeds

The germinating process of Autoflower Cannabis Seeds can take as long as 7-10 days. Below you will find some information and an illustration of the makeup of a seed. The cannabis seed has a brown shell that’s hard, and occasionally banded, this hard shell is what protects the inside of the seed which is extremely fragile.

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Should I Germinate Autoflowering Seeds Differently?

You germinate your autoflowering cannabis seeds in the same way as your photoperiod feminized or regular seeds. At Autoflowerseeds.net, all our autoflowering seeds are also feminized, which means you’ll get only flower-producing plants from our auto seeds. You don’t have to stress over wether any of your crop is male.

Autoflowering Marijuana Seed Germination The Basics

Of course, you can feel free to germinate your autoflowering weed seeds using any system you want. We recommend you use our water glass and paper napkin system. This tends to be the most dependable system of sprouting autoflower seeds, but it clearly isn’t the only system.


It may be tempting to pour out your new autoflowering marijuana seeds, discard the defensive shipping vessel, and play with them in your hand, but please don’t do this. It’s best you don’t touch your seeds with your bare hands. Hands can carry germs or microorganisms if you have been toiling in the dirt. We’d recommend washing your hands and wearing gloves before tending your seeds or cannabis plants.

Germinating Autoflowers in Soil – PLANTING DIRECTLY IN LARGE VESSEL

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Occasionally the simplest way is the better way. As it happens in nature, you can also sow your seeds in the growing medium of your choice( soil, coco coir, perlite, etc.)

Just use a pencil or small stick and make a small hole approx. 1 cm deep. Now place your autoflower seed in the hole. The medium must be wet but not soaking wet, once the seed is in the hole gently cover the seed with soil without applying pressure to the seed.


Germinating Autoflower seeds – Paper Napkin system

When growing, we need to tell the cannabis seed to wake up, water will soften the shell of the seed and stimulate the seed embryo. When the water reaches the embryo it’ll “ spark ” and start to develop and grow.

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Step 1 to Germinating Autoflower Seeds

Fill a small glass vessel about halfway with fresh water. The water can be spring, rain, or distilled, but don’t use chlorinated house water. Place the glass in a safe position and open your little vessel of seeds.
Gently pour the contents of the defensive shipping vessel into the glass of water if you bought a small seed pack. However, we recommend dividing your seeds between many cups, with no further than 3 or 4 seeds per cup if you’ve bought several seed packs.

Step 2 to Germinating Autoflower Seeds

Once your seeds are in the water you’re going to let them sit in the cup for 12 to 24 hours. Over time, water should start to soak into the bitsy pores of the seed shells and weigh them down. ultimately, the seeds sink to the bottom as we want.
After about 15 hours, all your seeds may have not sunk to the bottom. It’s possible they were just held up by surface water pressure and will also sink. However, you can leave the seeds to continue to soak for another 12 hours, If they don’t.
after 24 hours of soaking, those seeds may just have thicker shells, so they take a bit longer to open and sow. proceed to step 3 after 24 hours even if the seed hasn’t cracked open or sank.

Step 3 to Germinating Autoflower Seeds

Take a clean glass or plastic plate and cover it with paper napkins. Pour the glass with seeds and all – onto the paper napkin. The paper will become soaked, and you can then drain off any extra water. Using your tweezers again, gently nudge your seeds so they’re 1 inch from each other. Also move them to one half of the plate, because you’re going to fold the napkin over the top of the seeds.

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With the paper napkin fully covering the seeds, take your plate to a warm, dark spot. The warm and dark conditions, plus the water, are what your autoflowering seeds need to grow.


Check your auto seeds often, at least twice a day, allowing in minimum light as you do. You’re waiting for that little white taproot to break open the seed shell and grow to 1/4 inch or longer. Once the taproot is 1/4 to 1/2 inch long, you plant it in soil or medium. This could take as long as six days, depending on the consistency of the seed shell, among other factors.


Each time you check your seeds, make sure the paper napkin is still slightly wet, but not soaking. You don’t want your cannabis seeds floating in the water or they could start to rot. Also, the taproot won’t have to search at all for food if it’s still submerged in water. Mist the paper napkin with extra water only when it starts to dry out.

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