Unveiling the Mystery: What Do Cannabis Seeds Look Like
Aspiring cultivators are often left puzzled by the intricate world of cannabis seed appearance. The size, shape, and color of seeds are commonly deemed as significant markers of seed quality, and thus, it is imperative to decode the truth behind these traits. In this enlightening article, we delve deep into the physical characteristics of cannabis…
Written by Galina Boeva
Date: 2023-07-18 11:52:49
Size of Cannabis Seeds
The world of marijuana cultivation is replete with polyhybrids, leading to wide variation in size of seeds.
Some growers are misled by seemingly small size of their Critical + seeds, however, it is natural trait of this strain and not sign of poor quality.
On other hand, an abnormally large size could be result of lack of macronutrients during growth, which can be corrected by adding calcium and magnesium to reestablish plant’s nutritional balance.
This addition, though, has no bearing on the seed’s potential for germination, growth, flowering, or yield, nor on development of organoleptic properties of buds (aroma, flavor, and effect).
Thus, variation in size is merely visual and varies even within the same strain.
Cannabis seeds, like all living beings, exhibit biological differences among themselves.
The nuances of size in cannabis seeds are a testament to their organic nature, and it is essential to understand the intricacies of these characteristics to avoid misperceptions and erroneous beliefs.
Shape of Cannabis Seeds
The organic nature of cannabis seeds often leads to slight variations in their morphological structure.
It is not uncommon to come across seeds that possess linear shape, while others exhibit rounded and pointy extremities, within the same batch.
However, these subtle differences in the outline of seeds are purely cosmetic and should not be cause for alarm.
They are mere visual variations and have no correlation with the quality of seeds.
The shape of cannabis seeds is yet another facet that adds to their complexity and diversity, and it is imperative to understand these intricacies to dispel any misconceptions and to appreciate the beauty of these tiny organisms.
Color of Cannabis Seeds
The hue of cannabis seeds can be a confusing factor to consider when evaluating their quality.
Many growers believe that ripe seeds exhibit dark color, ranging from brown to black with tiger-stripe lines.
However, this is just a physical characteristic that does not guarantee germination potential or other important traits of seed.
High-quality strains can also have light or dark grey seeds.
For example, Critical + is a permanent bestseller with fantastic scent, flavor, effect, and yield capacity.
Despite its outstanding qualities, its seeds are light to medium grey color – proving that seed color is not a reliable indicator of quality.
On other hand, greenish color is clear sign of immaturity and seed’s failure to reach full maturity due to lack of resources.
If you encounter seeds with this color, it’s best to contact the supplier immediately to have them replaced.
If you purchased Critical + seeds and they are green, do not hesitate to reach out to our customer service team.
They will assist you with replacement as soon as possible.
Another misleading aspect is change in seed color after packaging.
Freshly harvested seeds have brighter and darker color than seeds that have been packaged for 1 to 2 months.
This change is similar to a newborn’s physical transformation in their first few days of life, adapting to the outside world.
Similarly, seeds can also be affected by changes in lighting, humidity, and oxidation during packaging and commercialization process.
This change in color is merely a visual effect and has no impact on the final product.
We hope this article sheds light on the physical characteristics of cannabis seeds and helps you evaluate them objectively before starting cannabis seed germination and cultivation.
Striking Stripes of a Tiger
Naked eye may not always perceive it, but on top-notch weed seed, one can discern a series of “tiger stripes” or dark markings that are truly striking.
Toughness of their Coverings
When marijuana seed has fully matured, it has had ample time to toughen its exterior, resulting in the robust, smooth, and crack-free shell.
To assess the hardness of the seed’s exterior, one can simply place it between their fingers and exert gentle squeeze.
Inferior seeds will break or crumble under slight pressure, but premium quality ones will remain unscathed.
Caution: Moisture from one’s fingers can harm the seed. To prevent this, it is advisable to wear linen gloves.
Old Marijuana Seeds
As cannabis seeds get older, they become more fragile and tend to crack easily upon gentle pressure.
In severe cases, shells may break apart, spilling out powdery contents within.
To preserve the viability of these seeds, it is best to store them in a cool, dark, and dry environment, such as a refrigerator.
Despite the passage of time, well-stored marijuana seeds can still possess viable germination rates for several years.
Impact of Age
While cannabis seeds may not have an indefinite lifespan, cultivators often find success in growing from seeds that are two to three seasons old.
Nevertheless, young marijuana seeds provide the best prospects for viability, germination rate, and robust plant growth.
But how can one determine the age of cannabis seed? The answer is simple: sense of touch.
Place seed between your thumb and forefinger, and apply gentle pressure.
Fresh and healthy seeds will offer resistance, retaining their firmness under pressure.
Conversely, older seeds may feel soft and pliant, and dry, aged seeds may even break apart or crumble – they have lost moisture and essential nutrients found in their younger counterparts.
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Written by Galina Boeva
Date: 2023-07-18 11:52:49
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