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Germinating weed seeds paper towel

The best germination method depends on the cultivator’s choice. Here are some of the most common ways to pop your cannabis seeds.

So, you’ve decided to grow your own cannabis plants. You purchased a pack of seeds, assembled cultivation materials, cleared a space in your garden, and are ready to grow your first cannabis crop . With everything in hand, it’s time to begin the very first step of cannabis cultivation : germinating seeds.

Preparing to germinate cannabis seeds

To germinate seeds indoors, use any of the methods described above. Within a few days, you’ll have popped seeds ready to transfer to a growing medium.

What is germination?

Monitor your soil every day and keep it moist. Within four to seven days, you should see tiny stems sprouting from the soil.

Germinating weed seeds paper towel

For seed germination, the paper towel method is one of the easiest and most effective ways to get your cannabis seeds to pop. Essentially, you’re germinating seeds between two damp paper towels and a couple of plates, which are used to create a contained and dark environment for a few days. During this time, the seeds will begin to sprout, if done correctly.

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to germinate your seeds using this method:

Seeds About to Germinate by the Paper Towel Method

Maximize Your Root Growth

Using the paper towel method is easy and affordable for beginner growers. However, there are some disadvantages to using this method. In some cases, the seed shell will get stuck on the seed leaf. Using tweezers can help remove the shell from the stuck-on leaves. This should be a last-ditch method if after a few days the seed shell is still stuck on the leaves. Here’s how to remove the seed:

Starting off with a high-quality seed is critical. Avoid seeds that feel fresh and soft and look green. Mature seeds have a hard outer shell. However, they can get too old and mishandled and won’t sprout as effectively. Before you get to the germination phase, it’s important to store your seeds in a dark, dry, and cool space.

How to Use the Paper Towel Method

A seed requires plenty of moisture to absorb, increase in size, and gradually break out of the shell. You know you’ve done the germination process right when a seedling emerges from the hard seed shell. This growth will be the basis of the roots and the part of the seedling that absorbs nutrients from the growing medium.

When your seedlings have sprouted long enough roots, you can gently use your hands or tweezers to remove the seeds from the paper towels and place them in your preferred growing medium. Some users place them inside Rapid Rooters to stimulate germination. Here’s a guide on how to do so: