A Beginner’s Guide To Germinating Cannabis Seeds

Germination is also known as popping and it is the initial first step in starting your homegrown cannabis stash.

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Each new plant that is grown from a seed goes through the process of germination. Germination is also known as popping and it is the initial first step in starting your homegrown cannabis stash. The cannabis seeds of varying quality can be purchased from a variety of sources. In general, you are better off buying your seeds from an online seed bank. Online seed banks offer good quality seeds that are genetically diverse. The only potential issue with buying online is that when it comes to international transactions you might run into some legal gray areas, depending on each country’s laws.

What do you need to know about cannabis seeds?

How to germinate weed seeds? When you buy your seeds, you will need to make sure that they are matured. You should be buying seeds that look dark brown with lighter accents and a hard feel. Seeds that feel fresh to the touch and are green in colour, have not reached their full maturity.

Once you have gotten your hands on the seeds you will need to ensure that you have the necessary space in order for your plants to grow into healthy weed. It is important that you do pop any seeds when you are unsure of your grow space.

What is the best way to germinate your cannabis seeds?

In order for them to pop, cannabis seeds need three key elements, namely air, water and heat. There are so many methods you can use to germinate your cannabis seeds. The most simple and most common method for popping involves using paper towels that are saturated in water.

For the paper towel method you will need:

  • Seeds
  • Paper towels
  • Two clean plates
  1. Unroll four sheets of paper towels and soak them in distilled water. The paper towel sheets must be soaked but they should not have excess any water running off.
  2. Place two of the paper towels on a plate. Place your cannabis seeds on the plate, they should be at least an inch apart from each other. Then, cover the seeds with the remaining two sheets of paper towels.
  3. The seeds will need a dark place to pop. To create this, form a dorm structure by taking another plate and flipping it over to cover the cannabis seeds. 
  4. Ensure that the area that you will keep them in is warm. You will need to make sure the temperature is around 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Once you have completed these steps, your waiting time begins. You will need to periodically check the paper towels to make sure they still have water in them. Keep your cannabis seeds happy by applying more water to maintain the moisture. Each seed is unique, some germinate in no time while others can take several days to pop. Once the seed splits and a single sprout appears, the seed has germinated. The sprout is the taproot, which will later become the main stem of the plant. Just remember the sprout is a good sign of growth and successful germination. It is critical that you keep the germination area sterile, take care not to touch the seeds or the sprout as they begin to split.

Once the taproot appears you can transfer your germinated cannabis seed into its growing medium. You can start by transferring them into small 2-inch pots. Fill your pots with loose, airy potting soil. Using a pen or pencil You will need to poke a hole in the middle of the soil about a quarter-inch down. Use a pair of tweezers to transfer the taproot. Gently pick it up and drop it in the hole with the taproot facing down. Now you can lightly cover the seed with soil.

The next stage is watering the soil. To start with, use a spray bottle to give moisture without overwatering the soil. While the newly germinated seed needs water, over-watering it can suffocate and kill the delicate taproot. Remember to pay close attention to the temperature and the moisture level of the soil to keep your seed happy. In about a week or so you should begin to see a seedling begin to emerge from the soil.

The germination process does not always go according to plan. Some seeds will be duds while others will be slow and take longer to sprout. Some seeds will pop quickly and grow rapidly. The beauty of cannabis seeds is that you can often tell which plants or genetics will thrive right from the beginning stages. Observing how each seed develops during germination will help you in determining which plants you want to take cuttings for clones and which need to be bred with another strong plant.