You have done your research and spent your hard-earned money on Cannabis seeds; now what? Getting
your seeds to germinate successfully takes some practice but when you follow the proper steps you
should have success in tackling the first step of having a successful grow.
Germinating cannabis seeds involves a few key steps to ensure successful sprouting. Here’s a general
guide on how to germinate cannabis seeds:
- Gather your supplies: You’ll need cannabis seeds, water, paper towels, and two clean plates or
- Pre-soak the seeds (optional): Some growers prefer to pre-soak seeds in water for 12-24 hours
before germination. This step can help speed up the process, but it’s not mandatory.
- Prepare the paper towels: Moisten a few paper towels with water, but ensure they are not
dripping wet. Place one damp paper towel on a plate or plastic container.
- Place the seeds on the paper towel: Take your cannabis seeds and space them out on the damp
paper towel. Leave enough room between them so they don’t touch.
- Cover with another damp paper towel: Gently place another damp paper towel on top of the
seeds, covering them completely.
- Create a sealed environment: Carefully place the second plate or container upside down on top
of the first plate, creating a sealed environment. This helps maintain moisture and warmth.
- Find a warm, dark location: Put the plates or containers in a warm and dark place, such as a
cupboard or on top of a warm electronic device. The ideal temperature for germination is
around 70-85°F (21-29°C).
- Check moisture levels: Check the paper towels every 12-24 hours to ensure they remain moist. If
they dry out, add a small amount of water to keep them damp but not soaking wet.
- Wait for germination: Cannabis seeds typically germinate within 24-72 hours. Keep an eye on
them, and once they’ve sprouted, you can move on to the next step of the growing process.
- Transplant the germinated seeds: Once the seeds have sprouted and the roots are about a
quarter-inch long, carefully transfer them to a growing medium such as soil or a starter cube,
ensuring the root is pointing downwards.
Remember, different strains of cannabis may have slightly different germination requirements. It’s a
good idea to research the specific needs of the strain you’re growing and adjust your germination