One of the first steps for you folks that are planning on starting your own cannabis garden involves learning how to properly germinate the seeds that will produce your garden’s plants.
Most home growers obtain their cannabis seeds via the plethora of vendors available on the e-commerce marketplace that offer a widespread selection of seeds to meet just about anyone’s cannabis needs.
And due to the costs involved with obtaining a seed collection, most consider the purchasing of cannabis seeds to be an investment of sorts.
So, the act of germinating your prized seeds should be taken quite seriously, especially when considering their overall worth.
Preparing to Pop Your Beans
The first thing to do is to determine how many seeds you would like to germinate. If you’re going to germinate more than one variety, be prepared to label the different types in order to eliminate confusion. I know it sounds simple, but you’d be surprised by the number of newbie gardeners (and oldbie gardeners for that matter) that forget to label and end up growing I-guess-we’ll-know-the-variety-come-harvest-time seeds. So, do yourself a solid and grab a pen and some painter’s style tape for labeling purposes.
Let ‘em Soak!
It’s important to further protect your investment by ensuring that your hands are clean anytime you’re handling your cannabis seeds. You don’t want to take the chance of any toxins contaminating your seeds that may be lingering on your hands, which could hurt the chances of them germinating properly.
One of the most commonly used methods for successful cannabis seed germination involves soaking the desired amount of seeds in a small drinking glass partially filled with filtered, non chlorinated, lukewarm (room temperature) water for a period of 24-48 hours.
The soaking seeds should sink to the bottom of the glass after a period of approximately 12-24 hours, which is a good sign that your cannabis seeds are viable. If the seeds you’re soaking don’t take the plunge to the bottom after a period of 24-48 hours, there’s a good sign they won’t germinate at all.
The Wetting of the Towels
Once you’ve determined which of your cannabis seeds are viable, it’s time to move on to the next step which involves placing the freshly soaked seeds between two damp (lightly moistened) paper towel or napkins (preferably plain white and free of dyes), then placing the seed-loaded towels into a clean plastic storage bag. After you’ve placed the towels in the bag, place the bag in a slightly warm, but dark spot such as a kitchen cabinet or a coat closet for another 24-48 hours in order for the embryos to free themselves of the seed’s shell and begin to stretch out.
It’s Time to Take Root!
If your cannabis seed germinating undertaking was indeed successful, you should now have embryos that are ready for the propagation stage of their lives. Our cultivation team here at The 420 Times uses potting soil to cultivate the majority of our cannabis supply, so once the embryos are ready, they prepare small containers (16 ounce plastic cups) with their preferred brand of potting soil and carefully drop the newly sprouted little ones into place in order for the root formation process to begin.
Although there are other methods for germinating cannabis seeds successfully, we’ve found this particular practice to be the most productive. Treat your cannabis seeds with care and they’ll return the favor at harvest time.
Grow on and keep it green!