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There are several methods of germinating marijuana seeds. The most popular include the use of cotton wool (cotton buds) or rockwool. Like any other seed, marijuana seeds require water to germinate. Growers will usually pre-soak the seeds in cotton wool or in a damp environment, often in the dark, making sure they keep the seeds moist but not totally wet inside the cotton wool or rockwool. The seeds will usually take a few days or a week to begin to germinate. Growers then carefully transplant the seed after the tip of the root becomes visible. Carefully the seed and root is then put in soil or a hydroponic marijuana medium such as pearlite or rockwool to continue growing.

Below are some examples of marijuana seeds germinating or small seedlings that have just germinated. Growers will often then use a weak light like a fluoro to continue the process until the plant is ready for a more powerful light such as a metal halide.

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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. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

Germination itself is a crucial aspect of cannabis cultivation. The seed germination process is the foundation of every marijuana plant, and steps can be taken to boost successful popping. For example, some cultivators improve germination attempts by soaking seeds in 1% hydrogen peroxide or a compost tea for 12 hours beforehand to kill any dangerous pests.

Whether you’re planning an indoor cultivation or outdoor grow, it’s best to germinate your seeds indoors. It’s easier to maintain proper temperature, light exposure, and moisture inside, and you can protect your seeds from the elements. Indoor germination, whether using soil or paper towels, will ensure your cannabis seeds have the best chance for survival.

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Monitor your soil every day and keep it moist. Within four to seven days, you should see tiny stems sprouting from the soil.

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.

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.

Lay one paper towel on top of a countertop, place a few seeds, and cover them with a second paper towel. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps