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A Beginner’s Guide with Kyle Kushman. EP 6: Germinating Your Seeds

germinating your seeds
Author avatar By Kyle Kushman
June 10, 2020
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    Welcome to Grow Your Own with Kyle Kushman!

    In this episode, I will show you how I’ve been germinating my cannabis seeds for the past 30 something years. There are many ways to sprout seeds, but this is how I prefer to do it, and I get really good results this way. It is simple, and it works even if you are in a hot or cold climate.

    Here are the things you need:

    • Beaker
    • Purified water
    • Liquefied Seaweed
    • Cannabis seeds of your choice

    Now make sure your hands are clean, and let’s get our seeds popping!

    Step 1.

    SPour 200 ml of purified water into the beaker. Then, add a drop of liquefied seaweed – our magic ingredient. The seaweed is thick, so mix it up thoroughly. This should give the water a bit of color.

    Step 2.

    Get your seed container, pop it open, and pour the seeds in the germination mix. Give it a little stir. Then, let it sit for 24 to 48 hours.

    Step 3.

    After soaking the seeds overnight, it is time to put them on to a plate. Prepare four (4) to six (6) sheets of plain paper towel; no inks or pretty patterns. You need to create a bottom and top (cover) paper napkin folding; both made up of two (2) to three (3) sheets. Take the four corners in the middle, creating a two- to three-layered square fold. One side should have four triangles. Think square pizza.

    Step 4.

    Put one of the two paper towels on the plate. It will serve as a comfortable mattress for the seeds. The folded side with four triangles should be facing the plate.

    Step 5.

    Pour some of the water and seaweed mix on the paper towel to moisten it. Then, put the seeds on top. This is where the seeds will sprout, so spread them out.

    Step 6.

    Put the other paper towel on top as a cover. Again, the folded side should be at the bottom, facing the seeds directly. It will soak up all the extra water, so the seeds remain moist but not drenched. 

    Step 7.

    Make sure there is no free-standing water under the plate. To check, lift one side of the bottom towel and tilt the plate. There should be no water coming off. If not moist enough, add a bit of the water mix.

    Step 8.

    Leave the plate and its contents in a warm, dark place. You can try the top of the refrigerator, the silverware drawer in the kitchen, or the sock drawer.

    Step 9.

    Every 12 to 24 hours, check back to make sure the paper towels are still wet. You want them to stay moist. They should not be soaked, but they also cannot ever dry. Keep those seeds wet for 24 to 48 hours.

    Step 10.

    Once 48 hours have gone by, you should see beautiful little sprouts. The taproot should now be out. It is the first root, which makes seeds so special over clones. Clones do not have taproots.

    Occasionally, you get a dud– it’s nature. You don’t want to plant that one, but you can give it another day and see if it sprouts.

    Now you have germinated seeds, it is time for you to plant them. I’ll show you the best way to do it in the next video.