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Lay one paper towel on top of a countertop, place a few seeds, and cover them with a second paper towel. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

First, make sure you use the correct type of soil, either gently fertilized potting soil or a seed starter with a pH level of approximately six (6). The soil contains the right acidity and enough nutrients to strengthen your young cannabis plants for the first two weeks. Be careful not to add more nutrients, or you risk overfeeding and killing your seeds.

Use a spray bottle to moisten the paper towels and then store the cushioned seeds between two plates, under a face-down bowl, or gently place them in a plastic bag. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Soil is an easy, more natural method with which to germinate your cannabis seeds. The soil protects the fragile roots from any interference, and soil is, after all, where a cannabis plant would grow in the wild.

To germinate seeds this way, lay one paper towel on top of a countertop, place a few seeds, and cover them with a second paper towel.

The downside of water germination is that once they’ve popped, you’ll need to maneuver them into their growing medium manually. This is a delicate process, as germinating seeds are extra fragile, and any harm risks the development of your plants. Make sure to place the seed roots down in the soil when you transfer to a pot.

Place the soil in a small pot and use your finger or a pencil to push a small hole in the dirt, a bit more than half an inch deep. Insert the seed into the hole and bury it with soil. From this point on, don’t touch your seed. The young plant is fragile and knows how to position itself in the soil bed.

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Pictured GuidePre-Soak and Plant Method

And if you’re wondering what a ‘weak’ bleach solution is:

To prevent this from happening, I highly recommend soaking your seeds in a weak bleach solution for 20-30 minutes.

Step 5: Moist the surface of your growing medium

The surface of your growing medium will dry the fastest…so by spraying it lightly you’ll make sure even the surface will stay moist for at least 1-2 days.

With hydro it is essential that you prepare your rapid rooters / riot plugs by soaking them in water for 12 hours.

Don’t ever plant your seeds in your rapid rooters / riot plugs without doing this, because you will set yourself up for failure 100%.

So what method should you use?