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Germination: The Ronin Way

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Of late, I have been using the shot glass method on heat pad with a little bit of Rhizotonic.
 

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This method worked for me once using a heat mat instead of a router but I switched to using a 6 pod Aerogarden (on a heat mat) to germinate for both hydro and soil.
 

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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.
View attachment 357459
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.
View attachment 357460

Now place a seed into the hole at the top of the rooter cube.
View attachment 357461

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.
View attachment 357462
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.
View attachment 357463

Now take the soaked cube and pace it into the container.
View attachment 357464

Make sure to label your beans!

Now seal the container.
View attachment 357475

Now it's off to the wifi germination station!
View attachment 357476

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.
View attachment 357477
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. )
View attachment 357476
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.
View attachment 357480
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)
View attachment 357481
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.
View attachment 357482(note: these girls sprouted within 8 hours of each other.)
Once the sprout has stabilized and shown true leaves, I then pot it up.
View attachment 357483
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!
Worked perfectly thanks for showing the tip about the cable box and the router, heating mat gets too hot sometimes so I use to throw a piece of cardboard underneath my humidome to create the same effect. +Like
 

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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.
View attachment 357459
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.
View attachment 357460

Now place a seed into the hole at the top of the rooter cube.
View attachment 357461

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.
View attachment 357462
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.
View attachment 357463

Now take the soaked cube and pace it into the container.
View attachment 357464

Make sure to label your beans!

Now seal the container.
View attachment 357475

Now it's off to the wifi germination station!
View attachment 357476

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.
View attachment 357477
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. )
View attachment 357476
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.
View attachment 357480
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)
View attachment 357481
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.
View attachment 357482(note: these girls sprouted within 8 hours of each other.)
Once the sprout has stabilized and shown true leaves, I then pot it up.
View attachment 357483
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!
Read that thread, not sure about the root cubes tbh, especially leaving them on the Router with the kids kicking about (router in god in a place with terrible WiFi at the best of times never mind the plants stealing the internets haha)
 

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Read that thread, not sure about the root cubes tbh, especially leaving them on the Router with the kids kicking about (router in god in a place with terrible WiFi at the best of times never mind the plants stealing the internets haha)
doesn't have to be a router i use my IPTV box virtually anything with a small heat source as I've used this method for a long time now
 

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doesn't have to be a router i use my IPTV box virtually anything with a small heat source as I've used this method for a long time now
When I done my last auto I stuck it in the boiler cupboard, damp paper towel in a plastic takeaway tub, they all germ’d but I’m always looking to hear from the pros
 

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When I done my last auto I stuck it in the boiler cupboard, damp paper towel in a plastic takeaway tub, they all germ’d but I’m always looking to hear from the pros
as they say plenty of ways to skin a cat, not that id do that lol but this has been my best no-nonsense way ever and anyone having problems i link to this page
 

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You the man Ronin. I modified this method a little bit, but followed the spirit of everything and it worked perfectly for me. I tried Jiffy pucks last time and did not have good results (1/3; I think I drown my seeds). These Root Riot plugs are awesome.
 

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Awesome germ method! I love using Root Riots. The final step of planting into a big pot freaks me out though.
I personally have a million issues watering a small plant in a big pot.
:crying:

I plant the Riot into a 5oz cup with holes in the bottom, and dunk/bottom feed for about 10-14 days.
When leaves are reaching the sides of the cup, I then repot her into her final home. :biggrin:
 
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Thanks for this Ronin!
I've been awful at Germinating seeds (1 out of 7) in the past.
Since I've started this method I have 100% germination rate (2 out of 2) and I feel confident for my future growing experiences.

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