How do I germinate seeds?

No one recommends use of a rapid rooter for germination? How about heating pads?

I plan to follow CC's recommendations to the T, but was just curious about this.
 

Bolivar

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No one recommends use of a rapid rooter for germination? How about heating pads?

I plan to follow CC's recommendations to the T, but was just curious about this.
I usually use the rooter plugs after germination, but I always use a heating pad during germination. (One specifically for heating seeds.)
 

MrSauga

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Tap root should face upward when planting not downward
Would the same apply if you used the paper towel method to start the tap root? I was led to believe the tap root, when planting after it has cracked, was to point down. The method you point out is germinating straight in the soil. I was just wondering if the same method should be applied.
 

ItsTommyGunnz

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Would the same apply if you used the paper towel method to start the tap root? I was led to believe the tap root, when planting after it has cracked, was to point down. The method you point out is germinating straight in the soil. I was just wondering if the same method should be applied.
Good question, it doesn't matter how you start the tap root. Also the diagram above is a germinated seed that has been planted it isn't germinating in the soil. If the seed is planted with tap root facing down then it has to make 2 turns, UP until it recognizes light and then DOWN.

When you plant with tap root facing up it only has to make one turn after recognizing light, DOWN using less energy from the plant. If you look closely at a germinated seed you will see that the tap root when coming out has a slight turn on it already this is because when it comes out it turns and grows down into the medium, eventually straightening that curve to lift the seed to the surface.
 

MrSauga

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Good question, it doesn't matter how you start the tap root. Also the diagram above is a germinated seed that has been planted it isn't germinating in the soil. If the seed is planted with tap root facing down then it has to make 2 turns, UP until it recognizes light and then DOWN.
The image with the correct way to plant the seed is hard to see the tap peeking out, so I assumed it was a planted seed in the soil with the pointy end up. Nonetheless it makes total sense and all my seeds in the future I will plant tap up!
Thanks for sharing that! :goodjob:
 

ItsTommyGunnz

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The image with the correct way to plant the seed is hard to see the tap peeking out, so I assumed it was a planted seed in the soil with the pointy end up. Nonetheless it makes total sense and all my seeds in the future I will plant tap up!
Thanks for sharing that! :goodjob:
Yeah it is hard to see the tap root compared to the image with the incorrect way to plant. No matter what way seeds are planted there gonna come out on top anyway but it just saves time for the plant and ourselves and it also saves energy for the plant too. Probably doesn't make that much of a difference, but I like to help out anywhere that I can even from seed.
 

MrSauga

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What's interesting, and maybe it has nothing to do with it, with the two seeds I planted, one went tap up, the other tap down. I wanted both tap down so I played a bit with the tweezers to flip it but was not successful so I just left it up. The tap down sprouted 2 days before the tap up which would make sense since it was upside down so to speak. The tap up seems to be a little shorter in her growth rate but looks strong and healthy. The tap down girl has grown faster and looks just as healthy. Anyhow, just thought I would share that bit of information fwiw.
 

ItsTommyGunnz

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What's interesting, and maybe it has nothing to do with it, with the two seeds I planted, one went tap up, the other tap down. I wanted both tap down so I played a bit with the tweezers to flip it but was not successful so I just left it up. The tap down sprouted 2 days before the tap up which would make sense since it was upside down so to speak. The tap up seems to be a little shorter in her growth rate but looks strong and healthy. The tap down girl has grown faster and looks just as healthy. Anyhow, just thought I would share that bit of information fwiw.
Yeah I guess you can never know for certain, its really a growers choice when it comes down to it. I have a green crack and pineapple express grow that I am going to be starting soon, it might be a little experiment for me to put one tap up and one tap down and see what difference there is as in time to sprout, etc. Probably would be better to do that test with the same strain though because there both going to be different anyway.