Once you’ve found viable cannabis seeds, the next thing you must do is germinate them. There are a few different ways you can germinate them - either using wet paper towels or peat pellets you can purchase at any gardening store. We’ll discuss those methods for germinating cannabis seeds here and also talk about how to care for the seedlings.
Wet Paper Towel Method
The best way to germinate cannabis seeds is by putting them on a wet paper towel. You’ll need a few items for this method:
- Paper towels
- Two clean plates
- Distilled water
Soak four paper towels with distilled water - make sure there’s no extra water running off of them. Take two of them and place them on a plate. Then, place the cannabis seeds at least an inch apart and cover them with the last two sheets of paper towels. Take another plate and flip it over so it covers the seeds. Make sure they’re kept in a warm area that’s somewhere between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
After you’ve put the plates with the seeds in between them in a warm place, it’s time to wait. Check the paper towels frequently to see if they’re still saturated. If they’re not, add more water to keep the seeds happy.
Another way to germinate the seeds is by using peat pellets. You can purchase these at any gardening store, or online. When you first get them they’ll be dry, so you’ll have to soak them in water. After 10 minutes they’ll be a little larger, and you can plant your seeds in them. Use a pencil to poke a small hole in each peat pellet and drop a seed in and cover it up. Keep the seeds warm - between 68 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit and make sure the peat pellets stay moist while the seed is germinating. Good seeds will germinate in 6-8 days. Once the plant has popped out, you must put it in direct light, either outside or under a grow lamp.
How long will it take for the seeds to germinate?
Germination time varies - some seeds sprout quickly; others may take several days. The seed has germinated when it splits and a small sprout appears. This sprout is called the tap root - it becomes the main stem of the plant. If you see it, you know you’ve been successful germinating cannabis seeds. You need to keep it sterile, so don’t touch the seed or the tap root as it begins to split.
These are the two best ways of germinating cannabis seeds. Once the seeds germinate, make sure you transplant them into pots or put them outside immediately so they can start growing into full-size marijuana plants. Consider contacting one of the seed banks we’re affiliated with to buy your seeds; these seed banks provide you with better quality seeds than many other banks. If you have questions about how to germinate seeds or care for them after they’ve germinated, please contact us.