How to Germinate Marijuana: Germinating my Cannabis Seeds for my FIRST GROW In this video from my first time growing cannabis, I show you how I germinated my cannabis seeds using the paper towel Soaking Weed Seeds Thank you for choosing Green Source Gardens genetics! All of our seeds are bred outdoors in the natural light cycle (we do not use grow lights of any sort) and are selected for Do you want to learn how to start cannabis seeds? Follow this quick tutorial and video guide to learn how to start cannabis seeds right at home here!
How to Germinate Marijuana: Germinating my Cannabis Seeds for my FIRST GROW
In this video from my first time growing cannabis, I show you how I germinated my cannabis seeds using the paper towel method.
My seeds are from Growers Choice and are all photo-period.
How To Germinate Cannabis Seeds
- Soak your seeds in water for 12-20 hours (dark, warm)
- Place seeds in a folded, moist paper towel (dark, warm)
- wait 24 hours
- gently open moist paper towel. Plant seeds taproot down
Soaking your seeds in a glass of water is optional, but I see a lot of people recommending it.
In my first and only experience, soaking the seeds made the seeds pop open and start rooting extremely fast.
Many recommendations say to soak for a day and then leave in paper towel for 2 days. My seeds all germinated prior to paper towel. Your results may vary.
Soaking Weed Seeds
Thank you for choosing Green Source Gardens genetics! All of our seeds are bred outdoors in the natural light cycle (we do not use grow lights of any sort) and are selected for finishing traits tailored to Oregon’s growing climate.
How to Care for Your Seeds
***We recommend starting seeds during the second quarter/waxing moon in April***
Mix water and aloe with a little saliva to form a germination soak! Amylase in your spit helps kick start the germination process by acting as an enzyme to begin the breakdown of the germ. It also provides your DNA to the seeds, so they can get to know you. Soak seeds overnight (8-12 hours) in this solution at 65-70 degrees F°. This soaking gives the seeds adequate water penetration and encourages easy germination. After the soak, plant your seeds just below the surface of your soil and water in. Keep moist and expect seeds to emerge from the soil in 3-10 days, some seeds take a little longer to emerge then others.
For direct seeding: plant seeds outside during the second quarter waxing moon (the week before the full moon) in May or June.
For transplanting: plant seeds in a 4”x 4” soil pot, when roots begin to appear at the bottom of the container (two – three weeks), up pot into a one gallon soil pot.
Sexing: 2 months after germination (early June if you started your seeds in April) plants will generally begin to show their sex.
It is best to wait until you have clearly sexed female plant before transplanting out into the garden.
We practice many styles of breeding. Depending on which seeds you have purchased from us, here is some extra information about how they were created and for what purpose.
IBLs (inbred lines) are generally more stable as they have been selected over several generations for particular traits. IBLs are generally not as productive or resilient as hybrids. However, IBLs are ideal for breeding to other genetics lines in order to introduce stabilized traits into hybrids of their own.
Poly-Hybrids are seeds of mixed genetic background, therefore less genetically stable and present more potential phenotypes. They are generally vigorous, hardy and less predictable. Poly-hybrids will vary in finishing times within the different phenotype expressions.
F1 hybrids have two stable IBLs (from different genetic backgrounds) as parents. Crossing one IBL to a different IBL is how true F1 Hybrids are created. The resulting offspring of F1 hybrids are stable and productive. F1 hybrids are ideal for commercial production seed lines, pairing stability with hybrid vigor.
F2 Generation Breeding F1s within the same line (sibling crosses) will result in less stable F2 offspring. These offspring show more recessive traits. F2s are great to select for further inbreeding but less reliable from a production standpoint due to the variance in phenotype expression.
We love all seeds. We believe they all have value. The price difference in our seeds is based on the amount of time and energy that has gone into breeding them.
Poly-hybrids are the easiest to create, therefore will be the least expensive option.
IBLs take much more time and selection to create, therefore will be more expensive
F1s will generally be the most expensive. This is because in order to create true F1s you need to have created 2 IBLs of different genetic backgrounds and cross them to create a new stable expression.
*Often in cannabis people make a cross and regardless of parental lineage call it an F1 even though the parental lineage are polyhybrid crosses. This does not result in true F1’s and creates offspring that expresses many phenotypes and are less stable. In this common scenario they are actually polyhybrids not true F1s. Make sure when you are buying seeds to understand these terms and what they mean to best fit your growing needs.*
How to Start Cannabis Seeds
When it comes to starting cannabis seeds, there’s a little bit more care that goes into that simply plopping the seeds into some soil. After all, you want them all to germinate right? Plus, by following the steps below to start your cannabis seeds, you may learn a thing or two before the seeds even germinate!
Video on How to Start Cannabis Seeds
Germinating Cannabis Seeds
- Alright to start, go ahead and pull out whatever cannabis seeds you intend to germinate. Today, we will be starting four different varieties to find the perfect strains to run for the light depping and full sun seasons.
- Now with your seeds picked out, go ahead and fill a few jars with water and label them accordingly. Once the jars are filled, just drop your seeds into the water to soak. You will want to let them soak for anywhere between 4 to 12 hours. Grower Tip: If your seeds are floating in the jar by the end, they most likely will have trouble germinating.
- Now that the seeds are done soaking, go ahead and get some wet paper towels and ziplock bags. Yup, back to the same seed germination steps you likely learned in grade school.
- With the paper towels moist, but not overly wet, set your seeds on it and fold over. After this, simply place the paper towels into your ziplock bag. Don’t forget to label each bag, so you don’t confuse the strains later on.
- Place these bags in a safe place that’s relatively warm. We will check back on them soon.
Preparing Your Soil
And, we’re back just two short days later with sprouted seeds! Once you see them sprout just a tiny bit, they are ready to be moved into some soil.
With the seed sprouted and still wrapped up in their moist paper towel, go ahead and grab some pots and fill them with soil. We use smaller pots at the beginning and then transplant them into larger pots later on, but feel free to move the sprouted seeds into any size pot you’d like. You can even place them in the pots you intend to use for the duration of their lifespan.
Now that the pots are filled with your soil, get ready to moisten that soil! But first, be sure to add some Rootwise Mycrobe Complete to your water. For this, you will want to use a pinch of the Rootwise product per plant. We had nine sprouted seeds to move into pots, so we used about half a tablespoon, but you could definitely go even less than that.
Of course, you could forgo using the Rootwise Mycrobe Complete all together, but we tend to get much better results when it’s used.
Placing Your Cannabis Seeds in Soil
Alright, you have your water all mixed up, go ahead and pour it into the pots. Be sure to get each pot very moist prior to planting your sprouted cannabis seed in the soil. Once moistened, simply stick your finger in to form about a ⅛ inch deep hole. This is where you will place the seed.
For this next part, there is actually some quite heavy debate. Feel free to do your research and do whatever works best for you.
Personally, we prefer to take the sprouted seed and look for the “hook” growing out of the seed. After locating it, place the part protruding from the seed down into the soil, the other side of the “hook” facing upwards, and cover the remainder of the seed with soil except for the very tippy-top of the seed itself.
Again, this is a personal preference, but we like to leave the very tip of the seed exposed at the top to ensure the plant knows which way to go. We know, we know, plants are beyond smart beings, we do this just to be cautious and ensure each one has the best chance of survival.
Letting Them Grow
Now with your newly sprouted seeds in the soil, put them under lights or place in a window sill to allow them to continue to grow. A controlled environment is best, as you can ensure the plant gets enough sun, as well as remains at the perfect humidity and moisture for optimal growth. However, we totally understand if that’s not an option. A window sill or even outdoors will work just fine.
Just beware of the conditions you are placing your newly sprouted seed in. After all, it’s just like a newly born child, small, fragile and trying to figure out the world around them, so care for them the same. They are your plant children and deserve some tender, love, and care, so they can provide you with a strong plant that produces in abundance for you.
With the plants in their new home, we get to wait again! It’s okay though, everything takes time to grow, just like us, so be patient and let the seeds keep working hard to come to life for you.
And, we’re back just a few short days later! The seeds have officially sprouted their first leaves. Now, care for them using this calendar and feeding schedule until they begin showing their sex. At that time, you will want to separate the female and male cannabis plants, so you can place the female plants into flower.