Germination is the process where a new plant starts to grow from the seed. Popularly, it is also termed as “popping” and it is the first stage of the life cycle of cannabis. Cannabis seeds have different qualities and they can be taken from a vast array of sources.
In order to germinate, cannabis seeds need these three essential things: heat, water, and air. These things provide endless techniques on how to germinate the seeds. The most well-known and easiest technique is by soaking paper towels in the water. Place the seeds on top of the soaked paper towels and leave it for up to three days. The seed will open allowing for the seminal leaf and the root to start growing.
Where to get your seeds
The best source for high-quality and fresh cannabis seeds is from online seed banks. They allow international transactions and are legal to operate in different countries. You can also browse SeedSupreme Reviews for seed suggestions.
Once you receive your supply, here are the things that you need and the steps to follow to germinate your cannabis seeds:
- Paper towels
- Two clean plates
- Cannabis Seeds
Step 1: Get four pieces of paper towels and wet them in distilled water. The paper towels need to be water-soaked but they shouldn’t drip in excess water.
Step 2: Place two paper towels on the plate and put the seeds with at least one-inch space from each other. Then, get the remaining water-soaked paper towels and use it to cover the seeds.
Step 3: Get the two plates and cover the seeds using it. It will create a dark and protected area that is ideal for germination.
Step 4: See to it that the growing space is always warm. The temperature around the room should be at least 70-90°F.
Besides these steps, make sure you check the paper towels if they are still water-soaked. In case they dry out, simply put more water to keep them moist.
Cannabis seeds have a different germination process. But always remember that once the seed splits in half and you can see a single sprout that means it’s germinating. That sprout will be the major stem of the plant and it is a sign that the germination process is successful. Never tap the root or move the seed since the growing space needs to be sterile at all times.
The germination process is only the first step. You need to know how to grow weed indoors. To do that, you need to have your own planters and grow tent, if you plan on growing them indoors.
How to Make a Homemade Grow Tent
A grow tent is an all-in-one device which houses the pot and lights, in a closed controlled environment. It has mylar walls to reflect the light and a fan to keep the plant within optimal growing temperature. If you cannot buy one, it is easy to make your own homemade grow tent.
Step1: In making your own grow tent, the first thing you need to do is to build the rack. You can order your own shelving unit at Amazon or make your own frame using PVC pipes. After that, construct your top shelf but make sure it is small so your light ventilation will have sufficient space. This will also give room for your plants to grow and then, fasten loose cables using Velcro to the frame of the grow tent.
Step 2: Place the fan below the shelving unit. Make sure the on and off button is easily accessible.
Step 3: This is the part where you hang up the poly. Hang it to the PVC pipe frame or shelving unit and make sure the white is facing inwards. One edge of the poly should be placed on top of the shelf and there needs to be a poly on every side. If there are excess material pools that reach the ground, don’t worry because it won’t disrupt your growing system.
To secure the poly, tape the edges to the top rack. After that, trim the remaining material but make sure you leave enough material that will act as the “door” that will cover the exposed area of the tent.
Step 4: Don’t be afraid to make changes inside your grow tent. You can adjust the humidity and the temperature to achieve the best environment for your plants to grow. If it is too hot, you can cut down some slashes on top of the tent to give room for good ventilation.
Germinating seeds is unpredictable. By this time, you have to know which seeds are ideal for cloning and breeding. There are some that will germinate earlier than others while there are also others that will end up as a failure. Don’t lose hope because most of them will germinate on time and continue to grow as healthy cannabis.