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how long do you germinate weed seeds in paper towel

Rapid Rooters (note: extra Rapid Rooters can be stored in a cool place for future grows)

Sometimes leaves get stuck in the shell. Here’s what to do.

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With a single sheet on top, you can still mostly see the seeds

Cannabis seeds are natural things and you can’t expect 100% germination every time. Unfortunately, that’s just not how nature works. Many factors can affect germination including genetics (some strains germinate easier than others), the age of seeds, and how well they were stored. But I’ve been lucky and gotten 100% germination ever since I started using this method.

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Lay one paper towel on top of a countertop, place a few seeds, and cover them with a second paper towel. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

It’s essential to acquire high-quality cannabis seeds for germination, as these will go on to become high-quality cannabis plants. Seeds that are fresh-feeling or too green indicate that they haven’t reached full maturity, while pale-green, white, or very dark cannabis seeds may have trouble sprouting. However, it’s tricky to know the outcome of a popped seed, so trying may be worthwhile. If you’re not ready to pop your seeds yet, store them in a dark, cool place until it’s time for germination.

Germination is the process that brings a cannabis seed out of its hibernation period and starts the cannabis growth process. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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The seeds should start sprouting in about two days, though older seeds can take up to a week to sprout. You can remove them from the water and place them in the soil at any point once they’ve sprouted. Once the roots are about five millimeters long, they need to be planted.

Use a spray bottle to moisten the paper towels and then store the cushioned seeds between two plates, under a face-down bowl, or gently place them in a plastic bag. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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

The downside of water germination is that once they’ve popped, you’ll need to maneuver them into their growing medium manually. This is a delicate process, as germinating seeds are extra fragile, and any harm risks the development of your plants. Make sure to place the seed roots down in the soil when you transfer to a pot.

To be quite frank, there’s not much positive about starting them in soil in my opinion. The main benefits are that it’s a natural environment for your seedlings, but as with any natural environment it’s not the most sterile place. With that in mind, here’s the first drawback. Without a sterile environment, there’s always a chance that your seeds will become damaged by pathogens in the soil before they’ve even begun to sprout.

So, if you do opt for the soil method, ensure you don’t pack the soil down. You also need to make sure that you choose a well draining potting soil. Oh and one last thing, be prepared for the mess that soil brings everywhere!

How Long Does It Take To Germinate Seeds On A Paper Towel?

It’s quite easy to germinate seeds in a glass of water and one of the quickest methods. However, you have to keep a close eye on your seeds as they can quickly drown. Place your seeds in the glass with water and as soon as you notice them crack open, transport them into soil.

First of all, let’s get into the paper towel method. My personal favourite point about germinating seeds this way is that you can see exactly what stage they are at. Much like you can with home hydroponic farms, check them out here. They are completely exposed (which can also bring some drawbacks) so I can keep a close eye on them.

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