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

germinating your seeds
Author avatar By Kyle Kushman
June 10, 2020

In this episode, I will show you how I’ve been germinating my marijuana 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.

TL;DR? Watch the video:

The best way to germinate marijuana seeds

Material needed:

  • Plain paper towels
  • Beaker
  • Purified water
  • Liquefied Seaweed
  • Stirrer
  • Cannabis seeds of your choice

Make sure your hands are clean and let’s get popping!

Step 1.

Pour 200 ml of purified water into the beaker and add a drop of liquefied seaweed. 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 tip the seeds into seaweed/water mix. Give it a little stir and let it sit for 24 to 48 hours or so.

Step 3.

After soaking the seeds overnight, it’s time to plate them up. 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; both made up of two (2) to three (3) sheets. Fold the four corners to 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 prepped paper towels onto the plate. It will serve as a comfortable mattress for the seeds. The folded side should be face down.

Step 5.

Pour some of the water and seaweed mix onto 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, keeping the seeds remain moist but not drenched

Step 7.

Make sure there is no free-standing water on 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 more 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 sets seeds apart from 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. 5 days is probably the maximum amount of time your seeds will take to pop.

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