Growing your own cannabis is just about as exciting as it gets for a marijuana lover, but there’s more to cannabis cultivation than just popping a few seeds in dirt and hoping for the best. The first step in any marijuana grow is germination, a fairly simple process, just so long as you do it correctly.
In this quick guide, we’ll be covering the basics of germinating marijuana seeds, and offering up some tips and tricks to ensure your first attempt is a success!
What Is Germination?
Germination describes the process a seed undergoes in order to sprout. The seeds you plant to grow everything from tomatoes to cannabis have been dried, and have undergone a sort of hibernation. Germination is triggered by rehydration, which in turn triggers metabolic reactions and structural changes to occur.
Is Germinating Marijuana Seeds Difficult?
Nope! While the metabolic processes occurring within your marijuana seeds may be complicated, it’s not difficult to germinate cannabis seeds.
Very few supplies are required to germinate marijuana seeds and begin the process of growing your own cannabis crop. You will need:
- Cannabis seeds
- Small tupperware container with lid, or a zip-lock bag
- Paper towels
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
1. Select Good Seeds
One of the most important parts of growing good weed is choosing good seeds. If the genetics aren’t good, it doesn’t matter how perfect your growing conditions are. Choose a reputable source for cannabis seeds like Klone Colorado to ensure you are getting only the highest quality genetics.
2. Prepare a Container
Sterilize a tupperware with hot soapy water, and dry thoroughly. If using a zip-lock bag instead, be sure to remove it directly from the package without allowing it to get contaminated.
3. Moisten a Paper Towel
Moisten a paper towel using clean water, preferably distilled. 1 or 2 paper towels is all you need. The paper towels should be wet, but not dripping.
4. Scatter Seeds
Scatter your cannabis seeds evenly on one side of your dampened paper towel. Once you have the seeds evenly dispersed, fold the paper towel over your seeds so they are sandwiched.
5. Let Seeds Sit for 2 Days
Place your paper towel filled with seeds into your tupperware or plastic bag, ensuring the paper towel lays flat. Seal tightly, and let sit in a room-temperature place for 2 days, or until you see the seeds begin to sprout.