Germination: The Ronin Way

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Ronin

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Welcome.
:Sharing One:

I have been asked by a few members what my germination method is.
So I have decided to post my process so it will be available to all to reference.
Let's get to it..

My method is using the following:
Root Riot cubes ( or Rapid Rooters)
Glad container
Wifi router ( cable or satellite box will work too)

I prefer to use Root Riot cubes or Rapid Rooters.
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When seeds cost $5-15 I like to make them germ on the first shot.
A bag like this cost me an average $25us.

Next,
Choose your seeds.
For this demonstration I'll be using my Little Richard beans.
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Now place a seed into the hole at the top of the rooter cube.
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Once the seed is in, push it down approximately 1/2" (12mm)
It should be far enough in the cube as to not be seen.

Now take the cube and soak under some water.
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Squeeze the cube so it soaks up the water.

You can tell it is soaked by the color of the cube.
When saturated it will be a very dark brown.
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Now take the soaked cube and pace it into the container.
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Make sure to label your beans!

Now seal the container.
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Now it's off to the wifi germination station!
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Now that your beans are on the wifi let them sit here in the sealed container for 12 hrs.

At the 12hr mark, open the container and squeeze the excess water from the cube.
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Discard this extra fluid.
Now take the freshly squeezed cube and place back into the container and place back on the wifi.
(Note: Don't squeeze all the water out. Keep the cube moist, just not soaked. )
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From here I will open the container once a day to allow fresh air in.
As well, I use this opening to make sure the cubes are still moist.

Each day open the container and re-moisten the cubes if necessary.
They will "sweat" out some of the moisture within the container.
Not a problem, I generally drip all the sweated water back onto the cubes.

Within a few days you should have sprouts.
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Once the bean has sprouted I take it out of the container and place it into a tray filled with a bit of water.
Now that the cube is no longer in a sealed environment, you must prevent it from drying out.
That is where the tray or dish of water is essential.
I now take the tray and place it under a CFL desk lamp. (blue 6500k spectrum is what I use)
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I leave the sprout under the light(light remains on 24 hours a day) until it has started to show it's first true leaves.
( I change the water out every day.)
Approximately 1-2 days.
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Once the sprout has stabilized and shown true leaves, I then pot it up.
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The rest is up to nature! And us growers!

I have been using this process for years and have stellar germination rates.
Hopefully this will help someone to get a good and stress free start.

Thanks for checking out my germination guide.
Happy growing!
 

Ronin

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Wow....Thanks for taking the time to do this so comprehensively! This is going to help a lot of folks for a long time to come!
Those Root Riot cubes look just like chocolate cake :)
Thanks Trap.
That's what I'm hoping. For some just getting the bean to pop is the hardest most stressful part.
I hope this will make it easier for some.

Yeah buddy,awesome.Root Riots are frigin killer man,imo ya just cant go wrong with em man.Killer Job Ronin!!:pass: "AFN smoke out"
Thanks EOF.
 

Margahooja

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I haven't researched anything about these, but I have some. When it sprouts, do you Pot the cube also? Forgive me for not researchiong more yet. I just put a seed in one.
 
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Ronin

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:Sharing One:

:D Loved it bro. Thank you for taking the time to make this for us <3
excellent, nice of you to share this with us !
No problem guys.:Sharing One:
That's what AFN is all about... Sharing info.

I haven't researched anything about these, but I have some. When it sprouts, do you Pot the cube also? Forgive me for not researchiong more yet. I just put a seed in one.
Yes Marga,
Once it sprouts the entire cube goes into the pot.