The downside of water germination is that once they’ve popped, you’ll need to maneuver them into their growing medium manually. This is a delicate process, as germinating seeds are extra fragile, and any harm risks the development of your plants. Make sure to place the seed roots down in the soil when you transfer to a pot.
To employ water germination, fill a glass with tap water and let it sit until it reaches room temperature or around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Add two to three plant seeds per cup and allow them to sit, watching for any changes. Change the water to fresh tap water every two days, making sure it stays at room temperature.
The best germination method depends on the cultivator’s choice. Here are some of the most common ways to pop your cannabis seeds.
How to germinate seeds using paper towels
Lay one paper towel on top of a countertop, place a few seeds, and cover them with a second paper towel. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Whether you’re planning an indoor cultivation or outdoor grow, it’s best to germinate your seeds indoors. It’s easier to maintain proper temperature, light exposure, and moisture inside, and you can protect your seeds from the elements. Indoor germination, whether using soil or paper towels, will ensure your cannabis seeds have the best chance for survival.
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
While many plants can be germinated in the ground, cannabis seeds are fragile enough that you should germinate them before planting.
Lock in all the moisture by putting another plate on top.
If you don’t see any progress and leaves still seem trapped after a day or two, you may need to remove the shell to release the leaves contained inside. If leaves can’t break free and see the light, the seedling may die.
2.) Label the Strains
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Ensure paper towels don’t dry out. You may have to add more water occasionally to keep them wet. You can usually tell when the seeds have germinated without looking under the top sheet. This means you can check on your seeds regularly without disturbing them by picking up the top plate.
The leaves should appear above the Rapid Rooters within a day or two.
The rate of respiration in a dormant seed is meagre. This means that oxygen gets used at trace rates if all any. However, cannabis seeds require sufficient oxygen to pop. So, where does this oxygen come from when a weed seed is germinating? Well, this is the best point to understand why water is such crucial in germination.
· Place the same plastic dome on a heating pad
Cannabis Germinating Techniques
A germination station is affordable, and the grower doesn’t have to break the bank to have their tool. However, if you are genuinely on a tight budget and are convinced that going the DIY way is possible from your side, then it could be a breeze to make one.
So, if you decide to germinate cannabis seeds directly on soil or soilless mediums, the process is all the same – make a hole between 1.5 and 2.6cm in moist soil/soilless medium, but where it gets grown, the medium shouldn’t be soaked.
Do you need more info? Read our Grow Guide with more detailed info for growing your batch of cannabis seeds. Are you in need of some easy to grow seeds? Our Marijuana Seeds Table details which seeds are perfect for you.