Germinating is an essential process of which you determine whether your seeds have a chance to grow into lush green Cannabis plants.
All you need is a paper towel and two clean plates (Preferably white). For this to become possible, you need a paper towel that is nonporous. This will prevent your seeds from getting stuck in the paper towel’s pores since it will grow in to them. Cheap paper towels are usually nonporous, so go for that one.
This may sound easy, but the paper towels may ruin your germination process if it is not done properly.
Method #1: Seedling Plugs
Using seedling plugs have got to be one of the best germinating methods since they are easy to use and very beginner-friendly. All you have to do is place the cannabis seed inside the seeding plug (it already has a hole on top, to avoid over burying the seed) and close the gap with just your fingers.
This is the first root of yo u r cannabis plant and will only extend to a lengthier size until the seed is pushed through the surface of the soil.
All you need to do is dig a half an inch hole and place the seed. Keep the soil moist at all times to encourage the taproot to come out. The warmth and lighting should also be taken into consideration.
The paper towel method is also a common way cultivators pop their seeds. Some even use this method with cotton pads instead of paper towels, but the necessary steps are the same.
Germination is the first stage of the cannabis growth cycle : the process that brings a cannabis seed out of its hibernation period and starts the cannabis growth process. After all, seeds in a bag don’t spontaneously start developing roots. Also known as “popping” seeds, seed germination begins when a seed receives environmental cues letting it know the setting is perfect to start growth.
The environment in which seeds germinate also plays a role in the outcome. While there are several different germination methods, each requires proper moisture, minimal handling, and warm springtime temperatures between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.
How to germinate seeds using paper towels
Use a spray bottle to moisten the paper towels and then store the cushioned seeds between two plates, under a face-down bowl, or gently place them in a plastic bag. Maintain a temperature of about 72 degrees Fahrenheit, keeping the paper towel wrapped seeds in the dark and away from a windowsill. In two to five days, the seeds will pop inside the paper towel sandwich and emit tiny roots, ready to plant when they reach about five millimeters in length.
First, make sure you use the correct type of soil, either gently fertilized potting soil or a seed starter with a pH level of approximately six (6). The soil contains the right acidity and enough nutrients to strengthen your young cannabis plants for the first two weeks. Be careful not to add more nutrients, or you risk overfeeding and killing your seeds.
The paper towel method also has its risk, as the fragile seedlings can be damaged during the potting process. The tiny roots can also get tangled in the paper towels, so make sure to move the seeds to potting soil before roots grow too long. Use your hands or tweezers to gently remove each seed from the paper towels and place them in a prepared growing medium.
Germination is the process that brings a cannabis seed out of its hibernation period and starts the cannabis growth process. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Marijuana seeds can be acquired from an array of sources and can vary in quality. For more info on how to buy marijuana seeds, check out our Guide to buying cannabis seeds.
But if the seed you found looks decent, you might as well germinate it and see what sprouts.
Take four sheets of paper towels and soak them with distilled water. The towels should be soaked but shouldn’t have excess water running off.
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