Hello, fellow cannabis enthusiasts! I’m sure you’ve asked yourself more than once – how much light do cannabis seeds need to flourish? That’s what we’re exploring today. Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced grower, understanding the light requirements for cannabis seeds can significantly boost your crop’s health and yield. Let’s get started!
How Much Light Should Cannabis Seedlings Get?
As the tiny seedlings emerge, they’re like newborn babies, requiring delicate and particular care. Cannabis seedlings need substantial light, but not too much. I generally recommend a range of 400-600 PPFD (Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density) during this stage. This translates roughly to 18-20 hours of low intensity light per day, achieved by keeping the light source further away or using a dimmer switch.
It’s also crucial to monitor the temperature. Cannabis seedlings prefer temperatures between 20-25°C (68-77°F). If you notice the leaves are turning yellow or brown, it’s usually a sign they’re receiving too much light or heat.
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Is Too Much Light Bad for Cannabis Seedlings?
Absolutely! Cannabis seedlings are delicate and sensitive. Too much light can result in light burn, which can severely stunt their growth and even kill them. Seedlings subjected to excessive light often display signs of stress such as curling, yellowing, or browning leaves.
If your seedlings are showing these symptoms, adjust your light source immediately. Move the light further away, reduce the hours of light exposure, or consider using a dimmer.
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Do Seeds Need Light to Germinate?
Contrary to popular belief, seeds do not require light to germinate. In fact, cannabis seeds prefer darkness during the initial germination stage. Covering your seeds with a thin layer of soil shields them from light, mimicking natural conditions where seeds germinate underground.
Now, once the sprout breaks the surface of the soil, that’s when light becomes vital. As a rule of thumb, once the first two small rounded leaves (cotyledons) are visible, your seedling needs light to grow.
Do Seeds Germinate in the Dark?
Yes, indeed! Cannabis seeds are pretty self-sufficient when it comes to germination. In the wild, they fall from the parent plant and burrow into the soil, starting the germination process in complete darkness. So, replicating this natural, dark environment in your indoor setup can be very effective.
But remember, as soon as those first little leaves peek out, it’s light time!
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