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how to germinate a weed seed with paper towels

Gently water the soil with a spray bottle and situate your pots under a fluorescent lamp. Keep seeds away from the windowsill, as the temperature is too volatile for germination. In general, you’ll want to keep the temperature in the range of 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

When the seedling stems reach two to four inches in height, it’s time to transplant your cannabis into larger pots with more room for roots to spread down and out. After you’ve done this, you’ve successfully germinated your cannabis seeds into proper, young plants.

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Place the soil in a small pot and use your finger or a pencil to push a small hole in the dirt, a bit more than half an inch deep. Insert the seed into the hole and bury it with soil. From this point on, don’t touch your seed. The young plant is fragile and knows how to position itself in the soil bed.

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. Maintain a temperature of about 72 degrees Fahrenheit, keeping the paper towel wrapped seeds in the dark and away from a windowsill. In two to five days, the seeds will pop inside the paper towel sandwich and emit tiny roots, ready to plant when they reach about five millimeters in length.

First, make sure you use the correct type of soil, either gently fertilized potting soil or a seed starter with a pH level of approximately six (6). The soil contains the right acidity and enough nutrients to strengthen your young cannabis plants for the first two weeks. Be careful not to add more nutrients, or you risk overfeeding and killing your seeds.

If the seeds are excellent, they start off by floating in the slightly warm water but sink with time. The reason for using a clear glass cup is to ensure that you may keep in pace with how the seeds germinate. Should you see a white tendril, then rest assured that your marijuana seeds have germinated!

In addition to breaking seed dormancy and keep the taproot alive, water also contains air, which is in this case oxygen. The presence of oxygen, therefore, enhances the ultimate germination of cannabis.

Provided you subject your seeds to the sufficient amounts of water, the taproot should appear through the shell. This is the critical time to ensure that the taproot also called the cannabis white tendril, gets water; otherwise, it will dry up should it lack water.

1. Direct germination

The first step to follow is ensuring that you have a ready growing medium. This could be an outdoor, indoor, or hydroponics mediums. Let’s take an example that you would like to grow cannabis in pots. The critical idea is ensuring that you fill the growing pot with sufficient soil while ensuring it is loose to make the seedling flourish stress-free.

Ensure that the seedling gets ample moisture, and if need be, use a pH meter for accuracy purposes. You don’t need to pour loads of water on the seedling as it will perhaps die. Instead, use a sprayer bottle to water your cannabis seedling.

We mostly advise growers that if wherever they are is extremely cold, they may need to buy incandescent bulbs and erect them above where the seeds are germinating.

A germination station is affordable, and the grower doesn’t have to break the bank to have their tool. However, if you are genuinely on a tight budget and are convinced that going the DIY way is possible from your side, then it could be a breeze to make one.

Try to place the seed head close to the top so they don’t have far to go. I’ve found that some seedlings don’t make it to the top if you put them too far down.

Paper Towel Method – Germinate seeds between wet paper towels, lock in the moisture with two plates, and place on a seedling heat mat for a few days

Carefully and slowly remove top paper towel sheet

5.) Put 2nd Plate on Top

Why a seedling heat mat? Seeds germinate significantly faster when they’re kept 70-85°F (20-30°C). A seedling heat mat keeps seeds warm during the germination process. However, any warm spot works just as well (for example, on top of the refrigerator is the perfect temperature for some people). When you touch the wet paper towels, they should feel warm but not burning hot.

If leaves are stuck inside the shell membrane for more than a day or two, do this: Wet the membrane, wait a few minutes, then use tweezers to gently pry it away from leaves.


If the seedling has already lost the shell, place the leaves close to the top. These seedlings often grow the fastest.