The moisture in the cotton wool or toilet paper evaporates fairly quickly at room temperature. It is important that the seeds remain moist during the period that they have to germinate.
The moisture in the seeds activates the seed and starts germinating.
If necessary, you can cover the cannabis seeds with a piece of damp toilet paper and place a reversed saucer on top.
Before you can start growing weed, you must first germinate the weed seeds.
In general, there are three ways of germinating cannabis seeds:
It’s good to know that a cannabis seed doesn’t need light to germinate, only a humid environment. Light is only important for the cannabis seed when leaves arrive, because they absorb the light. Until then, it doesn’t matter if the light is dark.
Cannabis seeds germinate in soil/earth
Ensure an ambient temperature of at least 20 degrees, otherwise the seeds will not germinate or will not germinate optimally. Fill the cup with water and put the cannabis seeds in it.
After 1 to 3 days the weed seeds should pop open and show the carrot.
If this is the case you can put these germinated seeds directly into the soil. Then put them about 1 to 7 millimeters into the soil with the root down. The stem that comes out of the cannabis seed after germination is not the plant, but the root! It is best to point this little stem downwards when planting the germinated seed. This way the plant will find its way down easier, this is not a must, but a tip.
Every plant knows it has to grow upwards. So it is also possible to put the cannabis seeds directly into the soil. The chance that marijuana seeds will germinate in this way is slightly smaller than with the other ways.
After the carrot has emerged from the seed, it is ready to be put into the soil.
Cover the pot with a piece of transparent plastic, this way you actually make a small greenhouse with high humidity, young baby plants love it very much.
Place the cannabis seed on a surface that retains moisture. This can be done for example on cotton wool or toilet paper on a saucer, make the surface well moist, but be careful not to get too wet.
If you have made other mistakes not described in this post, please share these in the comments section. The growing experiences of some are usually useful to others.
Jiffies are dehydrated peat discs, pressed into a biodegradable mesh which, when moistened, become tiny sacks of earth. Water is usually applied so that the wet discs swell and become mini containers of substrate where you can plant the cannabis seed so that it germinates inside the peat. What could go wrong with this method so that we don’t get to see the seedling emerging from the Jiffy?
And please, don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you have about cannabis seed germination.
Differences between cannabis and hemp
This method consists of putting the seed in a container with warm water and waiting for it to germinate in the days following immersion.
The method of germination in damp cotton wool or paper consists of moistening these materials and wrapping the seeds in them. In this case, it is advisable to put these wet fabrics in a germination greenhouse or Tupperware container with holes for ventilation, so that the temperature remains the same throughout the process. So where could we go wrong in this case?
Planting the seed directly into the pot or the ground where we plan to grow is another option for germinating the seed. Let’s have a look at what is usually done wrong in this case, leading to the cannabis seeds failing to germinate.
Here we explain what not to do during germination in each case, and we tell you that the method recommended by Dinafem Seeds is germination in Jiffy, as it is the simplest and has the lowest error rate.