You bought beautiful Premium Pro Seeds from Suzy Seeds and of course you want to get started. First you have to germinate the seeds. Below, I will discuss my favourite way extensively, but also suggest other good methods. Suzy Seeds exclusively sells feminised cannabis seeds, so you don't need to remove male plants. It's good to know that a cannabis seed does not need light to germinate. What is important, though, is a humid environment and an ambient temperature of around 20 °C. In general there are three ways to germinate cannabis seeds:
- In a cup of water
- On a damp surface
- In soil
My favourite way to germinate the seeds is to put them in a cup of water and then between damp paper towel. This goes well in 99% of the cases. That is why I will more extensively describe this first way.
Suzy's favourite germinating procedure
Maintain an ambient temperature between 20 and 25 °C, otherwise the seeds will not or at least not optimally germinate. Fill a cup with water and put the cannabis seeds in it. Get the seeds out of the water after 12 to 24 hours and spread them on a plate between two layers of damp paper towel. Put the plate in a dark and enclosed place. It's important to make sure that the paper towel remains damp. I moisten the paper towel every 6 to 12 hours. Do not use too much water. The seeds only need to be damp. Within 48 to 72 hours, the seeds should pop open. But be patient, because it can take longer (6 days at the most). When the root becomes visible, you need to plant the seeds. If you do not plant them in due time, the root can be damaged. Suzy’s Tip:Try your germinating method on a couple of seeds (maximum 3). This way, you can test if your method works well. Often a wrong germinating method is used and the seeds don't germinate. Do you want to germinate your seeds in a different way? Continue reading.
Germinating cannabis seeds in a cup of water
Maintain an ambient temperature of at least 20 °C, otherwise the seeds will not or at least not optimally germinate. Fill a cup with water and put the cannabis seeds in it. After 3 to 5 days, the seeds should pop open and a tiny root should come out. As soon as the sprout is 2 to 3 mm, you can carefully get the seeds out of the water and plant them in the soil. Put them 0.5 to 1 cm in the soil with the root down. This way, the root will more easily grow downwards.
Germinating cannabis seeds on a damp surface
Maintain an ambient temperature of at least 20 °C, otherwise the seeds will not or at least not optimally germinate. Put the cannabis seeds on a surface that holds moisture, like wadding, paper towel or tissues on a saucer. Moisten the surface well, but avoid making it too wet. The moisture evaporates quickly at room temperature, so check during the period that the seeds will germinate if the surface is still damp enough. You can also cover the seeds with damp wadding or tissues and another saucer on top. Because of the moisture that gets into the seeds, they are activated and start to germinate. As soon as the germ is 2 to 3 mm, you can carefully get the seeds out of the water and plant them in the soil. Put them 0.5 to 1 cm in the soil with the root down. This way, the root will more easily grow downwards.
Germinating cannabis seeds in soil/compost
Direct germination of cannabis seeds in the soil is a commonly used method. You don't have to handle the fragile plant, so it is not disturbed in its growth process. However, the chances that the seeds will germinate are lower than when applying the other methods. When using this method, it is important to use good soil. You can inform yourself about the different types of soil at your local grow shop. Maintain an ambient temperature of at least 20 °C, otherwise the seeds will not or not optimally germinate. Put the cannabis seed about 1 cm deep in the soil. Cover the hole with some soil and gently press. The soil needs to be light, so that the plant can easily grow to the surface. Solid soil is hard to penetrate for the roots and will cause delay. The seeds will germinate under the ground and will come to the surface after 4 to 10 days.
- Be patient, the time it takes to germinate may differ according to the strain.
- Make sure that your hands are clean when you touch the seeds.
- If you spread the seeds on wadding or tissues, moisten the surface well and keep it moist until the seeds start germinating.