This is a guest post by CannaPete of CannaPete.com
There are three basic methods for germinating Marijuana seeds. They each have distinct qualities and problems, included are some of the pitfalls and tips to get you started.
Germination involves taking a seed and getting it to sprout. There are different ways growers accomplish this, so we’ll start with the most natural way:
Place the seed directly in the ground
Easy enough, and a surprising number of people use it. Straightforward, but maybe the least successful. There is no way to monitor sprouting, and seeds need moisture, which is hard to control with dirt involved. It does eliminate transferring seedlings into a substrate, which can stress the plant and possibly cause dwarfism. Many successful cultivators do it, but I don’t recommend it for first-timers.
Paper Towel Method
The paper towel method basically involves using two wet paper towels on top of and under the seed, sitting on a dish. This technique involves a lot of monitoring and maintenance, as you don’t want the towels to dry up, but also don’t oversaturate
Personally, I think this is the easiest way. Drop your seeds in a cup of water, preferably clear so that it’s easy to see. Done. Beware that the first seed that I tried floated, which meant the seed was a dud. Very disappointing, but I don’t think it was because of the method.
Others try different things to assist these methods, such as soaking the seeds in hydrogen peroxide, but I’ve never tried so I can’t vouch for that. Whatever method you employ, it takes anywhere from 24 hours to five days for a tail to show. If it takes any longer, you probably
have a bad seed, which happens sometimes. Mother nature can be a bitch. Good luck germinating Marijuana seeds and growing good pot.