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Seeds, Rapid Rooters, & auto flower strains

by JamaicanRob68 about May 14 - report

I am on the fence about using Rapid Rooters after hearing how sensitive autoflowers are. So can someone please confirm whether it is a risk to use these in a germination unit(light, heat matt, water trough)?
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  • 10.919

    stick 10.919 points - May 14

    I've been growing Autoflowers for 5 years using Rapid-Rooters.I saturate the rooters with a solution of hydrogen Peroxide and distilled water(one cap hydrogen peroxide per 8 oz. water..I usually place them directly into the 5 gal fabric pot under LED up high..I live in a warm humid area so I don't use a germination unit.I don't see why you couldn't use one..I eould if I had one..

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    • Kristian
      Kristian
      507 points -
      May 14

      Stick, hydrogen peroxide use is not for the novice. Its so poisonous in high dosage, I use 1ml per 2 liters, thats from a 12% solution.

    • Kristian
      Kristian
      507 points -
      May 14

      8 oz is 2,3 liters, how large is the cap and what is the % of the solution?

    • Kristian
      Kristian
      507 points -
      May 14

      I could be using to little perhaps.

    • stick
      stick
      10.919 points -
      May 15

      3% hydrogen peroxide, the cap thats on the average household bottle(16 fl.oz)

  • 507

    Kristian 507 points - May 14

    The sponge should be moist, a few sprits of water over the tray, put the seed in.You can have 24 hours light on it if you want. Wait a few days until they are sprouted (real leaves). Put them in dark room for 48 hours. That will send them rooting.I do this with my clones. 20/4 lighting after that. I dont use a heat mat, so I cant comment on how good it is for the seedlings.

    There is always some seeds or clones that just dont make it. So expect some losses.

    If everything sprouts then congrats.

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  • 4.809

    marlboro 4.809 points - May 14

    The germination process for autos is no different than for photoperiod. You just have no control over an auto, so you have to treat them a little different once they start growing.
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  • 507

    Kristian 507 points - May 14

    Rapit rooters are safe for any plant. Just use water the first days, then 25% solution.

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  • 13.400

    pipeman69 13.400 points - May 14

    Rapid rooters is the way to go for all seeds!
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    • Odin
      Odin
      2.837 points -
      May 14

      or clones.....pipes is right on........

    • pipeman69
      pipeman69
      13.400 points -
      May 15

      C'mon Allen stop messing around! You meant 2 photos and 1 auto.

  • 10.743

    SanBoisLee 10.743 points - May 14

    Pipes is right on...good for all germination. Once that little baby pokes it's head out, put it right into the final grow container. 9 out 10 times you will see the tap root already sticking out the bottom. GL!

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    • Kristian
      Kristian
      507 points -
      May 14

      Never used seeds, so the 48 dark period that works so well on clones might not be needed.

    • Odin
      Odin
      2.837 points -
      May 14

      thats silly clones don't need 48 hours of dark!

    • ChAs420
      ChAs420
      4.577 points -
      May 14

      no..clones dont want dark time ..cept when they sleeping

    • Kristian
      Kristian
      507 points -
      May 15

      Some strains handle 24 light, other will not make roots with out darkness. I have waited 3 to 4 weeks for some clones to finally root. Many giving up after 5 weeks. Like the tray of 24 that 6 live.That was the first batch. Since I tried 48 hours darkness,...  more

  • 2.837

    Odin 2.837 points - May 14

    Did you make the same mistake I did? Are those holes too small for the rapid rooters?

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  • 2.567

    justme 2.567 points - May 14

    I use a cap full of hydrogen peroxide and 5 drops of Rapid Start @ a Ph of 6.5 (Ph probably not necessary at this point but...) in a shot glass when soaking my beans. It works just fine. Everyone knows that you don’t want to have any Ph issues from start to finish and you probably won’t have any problems the whole grow if you have a good strong plant and no Ph issues. I imagine that’s a little overboard but this is just my way to germinate. I bought a 50 pack of Rapid rioters and tried using 4. They worked but not any faster or better than solo cups with Fox Farms Happy Frog and perlite. I went back to going straight from soak to the solo cups. Been my most successful way. Your own special way is something that is personally established for good seed germination percentages. There is gonna be an unlimited number of ways people do there’s. Whatever way works best for you and the way you enjoy germinating is the best way for you to germinate. If you already bought them high dollar Rapid Rooters (like I did) then give them a try but I wish I wouldn’t have waisted my money on them. I could have bought 5 feminized beans for that amount! Solo cups are 20 for a buck. Soil works great for me and Mother Nature. There is a certain way that bean needs to lay so as to not be restricted. I always lay mine on there side and just barely below the soil. Most of the seeds I get from nirvana pop within 24 hours but I have some eventually that are either dudes OR I probably didn’t give them time because of me being to impatient. I have had one take 10 days this time to pop up not counting the 8 hour soaking. I have really been working on my patience lately. I only visit my grow room one time a day now. My first few grows I couldn’t stay out of my rooms. Hell, I’ve dug seeds back up to look at them before. lol I bout bet everyone on here has. lol I would keep my temps, humidity, and Co2 level messed up by open up the tent so many times a day. lol Main thing is find you a way that works for you and stick with it. Usually gonna pop anyway you go about it when you buy viable seeds from a reputable seed bank. You will have a bad one every now and then but most of them will be no problem unless you kill them with too much light or nutrients. They grow all by themselves. All we can do is provide them with what they need to flourish. Then they will do what there gonna do anyway. lol Good luck and happy growing my friend!
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    • SanBoisLee
      SanBoisLee
      10.743 points -
      May 14

      Some valid points and, to be honest, I just use a shallow container with medium to plant my homemade seeds. But for the bought seeds I spend that 25c to give me a slight edge. For me, I routinely transplant them at 1 or 2 days old...usually one straight r...  more

    • bill59
      bill59
      1.639 points -
      May 14

      Good stuff justme. I'm with you on the ph for germinating. I do ph the water but feel like it doesn't matter at the same time (seeds just need moisture to pop). It's no big deal considering we're about to adjust ph dozens of times over the next few months...  more

  • 18.569

    harley24 18.569 points - May 14

    This should not be a problem at all. It really doesn't matter how you germinate your seeds, whether photo period or auto, they all need to pop sometime in order to grow your plants. The upkeep between auto and photo period plants is what is different and can either make or break your grow. Good luck. Peace

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  • 154

    JamaicanRob68 154 points - May 14

    WOW WOW WOW THIS PLACE ROCKS!!! I am an ex poolman and my dad has a killer set of tools lol - I think I can fix it. Seriously though I was a polman for 15 years. I will take the rapid rooter route - it looks like I was just a little paranoid after reading autoflower strains are more sensitive to soil composition, ph, etc. Hahaha guess I should only believe half of what I read at most. Thank you all for the great feedback. I will post pics as I go - thanks again.
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    • Bigruss13
      Bigruss13
      2.793 points -
      May 16

      This place does ROCK! Tell your friends! Lol welcome!

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