This is done to allow for the taproot to sprout before planting but is not a method used by everyone.
It also absorbs excess ethylene that is produced during the aging process and prolongs the life of your seeds.
Will Cracked Marijuana Seeds Still Germinate?
These seeds will either take a very long time to germinate or not germinate at all.
Seeds that are too young are lighter in color, like green and white.
Experts recommend planting your seeds in the first three years.
Marijuana seeds should be kept in a cool, dark place such as a basement or in your refrigerator. They should be in an air-tight container and must stay dry. Putting a cotton ball in with the seeds before storage can help suck up any extra moisture (this is why you often see little bits of cotton in seed breeder packs).
Heat and moisture ‘signal’ to cannabis seeds that it’s time to sprout, so as long as you keep the seeds in a dry, dark environment they can remain viable for years. I have heard cases of seeds sprouting after being in storage for 5 or even 10 years. However, you will notice that older seeds take longer to germinate than fresh seeds and a few of them may not sprout at all. As time goes on, fewer and fewer of the seeds will successfully germinate.
When you meet the above-storing conditions, storing cannabis for five years while maintaining high germination rates is entirely do-able.
Mother Nature’s designed them to respond to their environment within particular heat and moisture to signal the seed when it’s time to germinate.
What is the best place to store your seeds?
Even if you’re organized, methodical, and careful about storing seeds, older seeds could be more difficult to germinate, resulting in more fragile plants, a thinner stem, and require more care and attention as seedlings.
If you’ve read our previous article on why you should grow your own marijuana, you learned that growing your own weed is fun, cheaper in the long run, and a sure way to never run out of something to smoke.
Which, in nature is key to the survival of the plant, but not so convenient if you don’t have the intention of using them right away.