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The paper towel method is also a common way cultivators pop their seeds. Some even use this method with cotton pads instead of paper towels, but the necessary steps are the same.
So, you’ve decided to grow your own cannabis plants. You purchased a pack of seeds, assembled cultivation materials, cleared a space in your garden, and are ready to grow your first cannabis crop . With everything in hand, it’s time to begin the very first step of cannabis cultivation : germinating seeds.
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.
How to germinate seeds using paper towels
Soil is an easy, more natural method with which to germinate your cannabis seeds. The soil protects the fragile roots from any interference, and soil is, after all, where a cannabis plant would grow in the wild.
To germinate seeds indoors, use any of the methods described above. Within a few days, you’ll have popped seeds ready to transfer to a growing medium.
The best germination method depends on the cultivator’s choice. Here are some of the most common ways to pop your cannabis seeds.
While many plants can be germinated in the ground, cannabis seeds are fragile enough that you should germinate them before planting.
Before the taproots are mature enough to transplant, they must successfully germinate. Though it seems like an obvious process, it is definitely one that requires some thought. Many factors determine the germination of a seed, though the most important is the seeds’ quality. Growers can purchase quality seeds from established cannabis farms to guarantee an almost 99% success rate.
Though it is possible to germinate cannabis seeds in the soil, this method has some disadvantages, especially for beginners. Soil germination is fraught with concerns like compacting the soil too much, drowning the seed, or even burying the seed too deep. Paper towels or peat plugs are preferred alternatives and often yield better results.
Once the seedling has developed at least four to six nodes, growers can transplant it into a larger pot or directly into the ground.
Growers should leave alone while waiting for the taproot to appear.
Keeping this in mind, the best time to transplant a germinated cannabis seed is when it is 1-2 cm long. At this time, the root shows all the signs of full germination, but it is still small enough to handle without harm. Growers should take care not to miss this window as sprouted cannabis roots proliferate quickly. Taproots can easily grow to a size that would be difficult to handle safely without damaging the root.