Create happy little seedlings in less than a week!
If the seedling leaves aren’t opening up because they’re stuck inside the seed membrane, wet the membrane and give it a few minutes soften up. Then use tweezers to gently remove the membrane. In some cases, it’s easier to stick the tweezers inside and pry the leaves apart just like with a shell.
How to Germinate via the Paper Towel Method
Cut Rapid Rooters in half to make it easier to insert germinated seeds
Gently close around the seedling
Note: Move grow light down early if seedlings start getting tall with long stems. Tall, stretchy seedlings are telling you they want more light.
To germinate seeds this way, lay one paper towel on top of a countertop, place a few seeds, and cover them with a second 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.
Soil is an easy, more natural method with which to germinate your cannabis seeds because the soil protects the fragile roots from any interference. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
How to germinate seeds using paper towels
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.
To employ water germination, fill a glass with tap water and let it sit until it reaches room temperature or around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Add two to three plant seeds per cup and allow them to sit, watching for any changes. Change the water to fresh tap water every two days, making sure it stays at room temperature.
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.
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.
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.
How Long Does It Take To Germinate Seeds On A Paper Towel?
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.
There’s various materials that people often wonder if they can germinate seeds in. We’ve covered each of them here.
Transporting your seeds can be a pain as they’re so sensitive. With paper towels, once your seeds start to sprout you need to transfer them into some soil, this is the only thing I prefer about the soil method, no transferring! They’re the only two drawbacks in my opinion though, so let’s take a look at germinating seeds in soil.