Feb 23, 2017 12:15 PM

Germinating Cannabis Seeds: 3 Popular Methods for You to Try

Germination is one of the most important steps on your way towards getting big and healthy yields of cannabis. Even when you use high-quality weed seeds and have the growing room loaded with the most innovative equipment, you will not get the results you want if you germinate your seeds in the wrong way. So, how to germinate cannabis seeds properly? Here are the three most popular ways of germinating marijuana seeds.

Germinating Cannabis Seeds

Paper towel method

The paper towel method is one of the most common germination techniques used by cannabis growers. This method is popular because it is quite easy yet effective, so even the novice marijuana growers can use it.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Dampen a paper towel using a spray bottle filled with purified water. Make sure that the towel does not get too wet.
  2. Put your seeds on the towel and wrap them in it. There should be enough space between the seeds, and each seed must be completely covered and isolated from light.
  3. Keeping the towel horizontally, put it into a plastic bag. Leave some air inside the bag. Keep the bag in a dark, warm place.
  4. Check your seeds daily. When there is a visible taproot, plant the seeds in soil.

If you do not want to germinate cannabis seeds in paper towels, you can use cotton rounds instead.

How to Germinate Seeds When Growing Marijuana?
How to Germinate Seeds When Growing Marijuana?
If you have decided to grow your own marijuana garden and do not know how to germinate seeds yet, we are happy to say that in most cases, there is nothing difficult in this process.

Water cup method

Most weed growers know how to germinate marijuana seeds with the help of water, although not everyone thinks it is the best germination technique. The main idea is simple: put your seeds in a cup filled with water and leave it in a dark warm place for some time.

The most debatable part of this method is the time your seeds can spend in the water. Some growers say you can keep marijuana seeds in water for about 24 hours or until the seeds sink to the bottom of the cup. The others, however, suggest leaving cannabis seeds in water for 2-3 days, until the taproot is at least ¼-inch long.

How to Germinate Weed Seeds: Avoid 3 Most Common Mistakes
How to Germinate Weed Seeds: Avoid 3 Most Common Mistakes
One of the first things a marijuana grower should learn is how to germinate weed seeds in a right way. There are plenty of germination techniques that may help you increase the yield or get more female plants from regular seeds. But there also are a lot of mistakes you'd better avoid if you want to get the most from your weed garden.

Germinating in seed starters

This technique is the most natural way to germinate cannabis seeds. You can use either special seeds starters or just small soil containers to plant your seeds in it. The best thing about this method is that you do not have to move seeds once they are cracked so there is no risk of damaging them.

All you need to do is to take a seed starter or a small container filled with prepared soil , create a small deepening and place your seed inside. Then, you need to cover the seed with a thin layer of soil and moisten it a bit. The soil needs to be damp but not overly wet. Cover the container with plastic wrap or put your seed starter into a greenhouse box in order to make sure that the humidity and temperature stay stable. Usually, it takes 4 to 5 days for the seeds to start sprouting.

And finally, here are a few additional recommendations that will help you succeed when germinating marijuana seeds:

  • Use only bottled or purified water because tap water usually contains a lot of chlorine and other unwanted chemicals.
  • Regardless of the method you use, make sure to keep your seeds in a dark and warm place. The ideal temperature for seeds germination is about 72-78°F.
  • Avoid over-wetting your seeds and soil, otherwise, the seeds may start to rot.
  • Use tweezers to move germinated seeds in soil so you won't damage them.
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How to Germinate Weed Seeds: Avoid 3 Most Common Mistakes
One of the first things a marijuana grower should learn is how to germinate weed seeds in a right way. There are plenty of germination techniques that may help you increase the yield or get more female plants from regular seeds. But there also are a lot of mistakes you'd better avoid if you want to get the most from your weed garden.
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