Here at Seed Bank Review, we do much more than just provide information about different marijuana seed banks. In our website, we also give readers proper instructions and guidelines on how to germinate their own cannabis seeds. If you are a grower planning to start your own marijuana garden, then the first step to take is to germinate your weed seeds. Here’s how:

Before we get started, let us discuss what germination is

Basically, germination is the process of turning the plant seed into a plant organism. It is often described as the transition to the first stage of a plant’s life. Why do growers need to germinate their weed seeds? It’s simple because it helps maximize the growth and development potential of a marijuana plant. You see, germinating the cannabis plants is one way of strengthening the roots and giving the plant sufficient time to adapt to its growing environment. It helps sustain the seed in its natural form and eventually gives the seed enough time and essential elements to sprout into an organism. 

What are the key factors in germinating marijuana seeds?

When germinating marijuana seeds, it is extremely important to have control over three (3) factors: Darkness, Moisture, and Warmth. 

  • Darkness helps the seeds germinate better. This is because exposure to sunlight may cause unhealthy reactions in the growing area such as a decrease in oxygen and hardening the outer layer of the seed. This will give it a hard time to crack and sprout.
  • Moisture helps the seed absorb the different nutrients and minerals that are given to it. Also, the water level in a seed helps soften the seed’s outer layer. Also, the pH level found in the water given must be around 5.5 to 6.5.
  • Warmth and heat allow the seeds to germinate quicker and stronger. The ideal temperature for germination is around 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit. 

How to germinate seeds using the Paper Towel Method

Germinating marijuana seeds may take 14 hours or 7 days. Depending on the germination method used, each technique yields various success rates and outputs. Regardless, doing it with care and proper procedures can always result in fully germinated seeds.

  1. In a plastic cup, pour some bottled spring water up to half level. Afterward, take your weed seeds and submerge them to the bottom using your fingers. You might notice some seeds refusing to sink. This is normal. Leave them there for 15 to 18 hours. 
  2. On a dinner plate, place a couple of thick paper towels on top. Make sure the paper towels are wide enough to be folded to cover the seeds.
  3. After soaking them, pour both the seeds and the water onto the dinner plate. Take off any excess water to avoid moisture. Take the wet paper towel and cover the top of the seeds. At this point in time, seeds must be exposed to warmth, darkness, and moisture. 
  4. The next step is to simply wait for the seeds to crack. For them to do this, store them in an open, dark room with a warm temperature. Avoid placing the seeds in tight spaces that offer no air circulation.
  5.   As stated above, germination time will vary depending on a number of factors. Regularly check your paper towels to keep them from drying up. When you notice some cracks on the seeds, tiny taproots will soon emerge. When these taproots grow to about 1.5cm tall, you can proceed to plant them in your growing medium.

Germination is an easy and important task to make sure your marijuana seeds grow into healthy and potent organisms. We hope this germination guide gives you the results that you expect. Happy growing!