Here is a little background before I begin my rant:
I have grown several crops before this one and have a small, but extremely nice grow room. In my grow room, I have a 2'X4' tray for potted plants which is illuminated by 6X 2-Tube T8 fixtures. This section is usually used for non-cannabis plants but I plan on making a change soon. My plan was to have the back row of this tray filled with mother plants (as a backup to my mother cabinet), and in the front row I was going to have 4-8 Lowryder plants on a rotational harvest (harvesting one plant every week or two) so that I could have something to look forward to every other weekend.
I purchased 10X DieselRyder seeds from an online seed bank and they arrived in about five days. I immediately stuck them in a damp paper towel and placed them on a plate on a heated mat. This is where the problems began.
Eight of the seeds had cracked, and two of them did not. I force-cracked the two others, accidently damaging one. Leaving me with nine cracked seeds. I wated a few more days and then placed them into rockwool cubes. Two of those nine seeds sprouted and broke themselves in half by deciding to grow upside-down. I was left with seven seedlings. One of them just stalled and hasn't done anything. Down to six. Those six seedlings started showing their first leaves (not true-leaves). A day or so later two of them had pushed themselves out of the rockwool--Completely out I don't know how! When placing them back into the cubes I broke the stem on one more of them. If you are keeping count that is only 5 left. And thats where I am at now.
I am not sure if this is a poor trait of this cannabis strain or what. I have grown TONS of plants from seed and NEVER ONCE had a problem like this before. I was hoping to have at least 4 seedy females for a personal stash, but now I am just hoping to have one male and one female so that I can do a seed run. I am pretty worried that I won't even have that.
So that is my rant. These DieselRyder seeds have been the worst seeds I have ever sprouted in my life. The seed-shells are pretty thick, the stems are the most brittle stems I have ever dealt with, and some of them just seem to want to stall completely. I have grown tons of bagseed as well as some nice 'named' strains--But this is truly the worst experience I have ever had growing a cannabis plant from seed. Take from this what you will.
Edit: I just took another look at the plants and noticed that one of the slow growing ones was actually dead. It's tap root had snapped as well. It seems like that roots of these plants are growing UPWARDS instead of down and in the direction that I placed them. All but one of the four remaining plants have their taproot growing up as well. Is this some sort of genetic trait or a sick joke?!