When harvesting the buds containing the seeds they are hung out to dry or laid down to dry. Quickness of curing depends, like marijuana, entirely on which method you use and what the conditions (temperature and humidity) in the drying area are. We prefer a controlled drying period of 10 to 14 days. We then start harvesting the fresh seeds. The germination rate of these seeds will not be ideal, which is common for fresh seeds, but should be at least 75%. Depending on which variety it is the seeds should be stored in a cool, dark and dry place. Preferably storing the seeds an airtight plastic container in the refrigerator.
For example Gold Rush Outdoor will initially show a higher germination rate than for instance White Widow. Gold Rush will also be ready after only two weeks of cooled storage for a second test round. Other varieties can require up to two months of cooled curing. Eventually germination the rate should be around 90% to 95%. After these germination tests we then proceed to test vitality, uniformity and establish female percentages.