There are many ways a gardener would germinate a “feminized” cannabis seed for planting. I do it in damp tissue paper, I would not describe myself as having green fingers so looking forward to hearing from growers who probably know much more than I do, with their suggestions. This is also a learning curve for me born out of necessity, as the oil I was buying was expensive, I could not be certain it was organically grown and what solvents were used to extract the oil. I was also having to travel to Spain to get it and any risks I was taking were not that prohibitive, as I was told I only had months to live.
Cannabis germination is the process of getting your seeds to sprout, you know sprouting has occurred when a little white tendril pops out of the seed. This is your plant’s first root, known as a “taproot.” All other roots made by your cannabis plant in its lifetime will sprout from the taproot. The taproot – and maybe a few tiny early offshoots of the taproot – will get longer and longer, pushing the seed up, and after the shell breaks through the surface of your growing medium, the first leaves (these first round leaves are known as “cotyledons”) will emerge from inside the cannabis seed.
Dampen two layers of paper towels with warmish rain or spring water
- Place the cannabis seeds between the two layers and cover. I number them if using different strains. Check every day to see if they’re damp enough.
- In a few days, the seeds will probably have begun to germinate and can be moved to a different growing environment. I use damp growing compost, keep indoors and all the cups in a plastic box in the light so the environment remains constant and the stalk strengthens and ready to be put in a bigger pot.