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The soaking process can breathe new life into old seeds.
In nature, a marijuana seed will germinate in the soil and emerge with its taproot growing into the earth. Therefore, you can plant cannabis seeds straight into your growing medium of choice. The main benefit here is that you don’t have to worry about ‘shocking’ the seedling while transporting it.
First and foremost, seeds perform at their best when they are left alone! When you check them for the taproot, handle with care! Try to avoid touching the white taproot because it can easily break off.
4 – Overnight Soaking
This has been championed as the easiest germination method. It is effectively a foolproof method. All you have to do is place the seed into the cube/plug and add water. Assuming you put the seeds in a room with the right temperature, germination should occur automatically within a few days. There is a pre-made hole for the seeds, so it is a ‘set it and forget it’ method.
The main downside with this germination method is that such plugs are generally available in packs of 50. Waste is inevitable if you only plan on planting a few cannabis seeds. The plugs dry out in a week or so and become unusable.
Be careful not to over-soak your seeds. Hard seeds should be soaked for a maximum of 32 hours, although 24 hours is usually enough. Soaking too long can damage them. Marijuana seeds begin to sprout when they receive the twin signals of water and heat.
If you use a transparent container such as glass, you get to see the white taproot break out! You shouldn’t leave seeds soaking in water for more than 32 hours. Otherwise, seeds that haven’t sprouted yet will drown. If the seeds haven’t germinated by the 32-hour mark, put them in a warm and moist place to complete the process. You should probably use the paper towel method at this point.
Materials needed to germinate marijuana seeds effectively. Purple Caper Seeds photo by Lizzy Cozzi.
Aluminum foil precut to size—You’ll use these to wrap the tubes.
PH Up or PH Down by General Hydroponics.
Begin with a sterile environment and a methodical process
Push Rod—Chopsticks work well.
This method is a simplified technique, with the home grower in mind.
To prove this, Frank from Purple Caper Seeds, an award-winning cannabis genetics breeder for over 25 years, gave us a tour of his cannabis genetics facility and showed us his unique method of popping seeds.
Sterilize everything you are planning to work with, except for the paper towels.