Germinating cannabis seeds with paper towel is easy and fast. Use this step by step guide so that you don't make any silly mistakes. Germinate refers to the process in which the plant begins to grow from seeds. Using the paper towel method offers an easy and effective method. There are many ways to germinate seeds at home, but at YRG, when it's really important for us to have a high rate of germination, we always seem to come back to the same method over and over again.
Germinating Cannabis Seeds with Paper Towel
One of the best ways to germinate your precious new cannabis seeds is to use the paper towel method. Use this step by step tutorial for germinating cannabis seeds with paper towel as a reference when sprouting your seeds.
Step 1 (Optional)
Soak your seeds in water for 12 to 24 hours and store in a dark location. It is very important that your seeds do not sit in the water for more than 24 hours because you run the risk of drowning them. Set a timer and don’t forget! I generally skip this step and go right to the wet paper towel.
Step 2 (Germinating Cannabis Seeds with Paper Towel)
Whether or not you soak your seeds in water (see step 1), will have no impact on how you will approach this step. The key to being successful begins with your set up. For this step, you will need a plate, a paper towel, a zip lock bag and some clean water.
Begin by wetting your paper towel on your plate. The paper towel should be completely wet, but not drenched. Drain the excess water.
You are now ready to place your seeds. Fold the wet paper towel in a way so that your seeds are sandwiched between.
Finally its time for the zip lock bag. Place your plate inside the zip lock bag and seal it. The zip lock bag will seal in the moisture and eliminate the risk of your paper towel drying out.
Place your seeds in a dark spot and don’t touch them for at least 2 days. Room temperature will play a big role in how fast they germinate. Ultimately, you want your room temperature around 70 to 75 degrees. This will create a environment where your seeds should flourish. Check on your seeds after 2 to 3 days and see how they are doing. As soon as they sprout, you should plant them right into your favorite organic soil.
Hopefully this quick rundown gives you a better understanding for germinating cannabis seeds. Its pretty easy and straightforward. You shouldn’t have any trouble, the biggest mistake is forgetting about them! Just be sure to check on them regularly. If you need seeds, there are plenty of reputable seeds retailers around. Seeds can be bought all over the world and some of the best seed growers are located in Europe and Canada.
Germinate Seeds With the Paper Towel Method – How to Guide
Check out our beginner grower’s guide to learn how to germinate seeds with the paper towel method. Every cannabis plant starts off as a tiny seed with the potential to grow huge yields and bountiful buds. If you want to start your garden on the right foot, the germination phase is critical to its future growth.
What Is Germination?
Germination refers to the process in which the plant begins to grow from a seed. As the first stage of the growth cycle, germinating a seed requires a grower to create the perfect environment to get those seeds to break open and pop with a fresh and vigorous growth.
So, what is needed to get these seeds popping?
A seed requires plenty of moisture to absorb, increase in size, and gradually break out of the shell. You know you’ve done the germination process right when a seedling emerges from the hard seed shell. This growth will be the basis of the roots and the part of the seedling that absorbs nutrients from the growing medium.
Starting off with a high-quality seed is critical. Avoid seeds that feel fresh and soft and look green. Mature seeds have a hard outer shell. However, they can get too old and mishandled and won’t sprout as effectively. Before you get to the germination phase, it’s important to store your seeds in a dark, dry, and cool space.
What Is the Paper Towel Method?
For seed germination, the paper towel method is one of the easiest and most effective ways to get your cannabis seeds to pop. Essentially, you’re germinating seeds between two damp paper towels and a couple of plates, which are used to create a contained and dark environment for a few days. During this time, the seeds will begin to sprout, if done correctly.
How To: Paper Towel Germination
There are many ways to germinate seeds at home, but at YRG, when it’s really important for us to have a high rate of germination, we always seem to come back to the same method over and over again – moist paper towels.
Paper towels make an excellent medium for germinating seeds because they are pathogen-free and make it easy to control moisture content. This method also takes the guesswork out of knowing if your seeds have germinated since you can easily observe them.
The initial setup doesn’t require any fancy equipment, just a paper towel, two 10″ x 20″ trays, some tap water and your seeds. If you have a seedling heat mat, you can use that to speed up the process, but it’s not required.
Take a paper towel from the roll and wet it with warm water. If you have smaller paper towel segments like the Bounty Select-a-size, use two or three folded over each-other. You want to have just enough moisture so you don’t drown your seeds. The rule of thumb is to lightly squeeze out the excess water until the paper towel isn’t dripping anymore.
Lay your wet paper towel flat on top of the tray, then place your seeds on one half of the paper towel with even spacing.
Fold the other half of the paper towel over the seeds and gently press around each seed.
Place the second tray on top of the paper towel to maintain a dark, moist environment for your seeds. Keep your trays in a location with temperatures between 70 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a where a seedling heat mat can come in handy in order to maintain a warmer temperature than you might typically have in your home or grow space. After 48 hours, you should see taproots coming out of your seeds. If you find some seeds that haven’t popped yet, leave them in there a little longer and keep checking each day. If the temperatures in your space reach above 85 degrees or if you have direct sunlight on your trays, you might choose not to use the heat mat so you don’t cook your seeds.
Once you’ve got your seeds popped, you’ll need to put them into a starter cell tray or small pot where they will be able to develop into seedlings over the following week or two. At this point in the plant’s life, all the energy it needs to develop from a seed to seedling is stored within the seed itself. Therefore, you do not need a nutrient-rich soil or grow medium until the plant has built a solid root structure and developed a few true leaves and small branches.