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The process in which a cannabis seed sprouts, which will eventually turn into a full plant. 

How to germinate a cannabis seed

Cannabis seeds need three things to germinate: water, heat, and air. A great way to ensure successful germination is the paper towel method, which requires:

  • Two clean plates
  • Four paper towels
  • Cannabis seeds
  • Distilled water

To germinate seeds:

  • Soak four paper towels with distilled water; they should be soaked but not dripping
  • Place two of the paper towels on a plate
  • Place the marijuana seeds on the wet paper towel at least an inch apart from each other
  • Cover seeds with remaining two water-soaked paper towels
  • Cover with a second plate, upside down, like a dome, to create a dark, protected space
  • Keep seeds in a warm place, between 70-85°F

Seeds should germinate in 3-10 days. Check paper towels once a day to make sure they’re still saturated, and if they are losing moisture, apply more water.

If it’s been two weeks and a seed hasn’t sprouted, it’s probably a dud, and it won’t sprout. 

A seed has germinated once the seed splits and a single sprout appears. The sprout is the taproot, which will become the main stem of the plant, and seeing it is a sign of successful germination. 

It’s important to keep the delicate seed sterile, so don’t touch the seed or taproot as it begins to split.