You’ve selected your seeds. Now you just need to turn those seeds into big, beautiful plants. Don’t worry – you’re not alone. We are here to walk you all the way through harvest.
What You’ll Need Now
There are two ways to germinate* your seeds. You can choose one or try both. It’s up to you.
Paper Towel Method
Wet your paper towel. Squeeze it out so it’s damp but not soaking. Place the seeds on the paper towel and fold it over four times. Put the paper towel inside your resealable sandwich bag capturing as much air as possible. Maybe inflate it a little. Place it in a warm place, away from direct light.
Cup of Water Method
Place your seeds into a glass of room temperature water. Place in a warm spot away from direct light. If any seeds are still floating after a few hours, gently poke them down.
Ready to Plant?
Check your seeds every 24 hours to see if they have cracked open. Once you see the taproot poking out, you’re ready to move to planting (on/around day four, sometimes more…sometimes less).
Around day four (timing can vary from seed to seed), your seeds have cracked, and the taproot is showing. Success! Let’s move to the next step, and get those plants planted.
Soak your peat pods in water. Let them expand fully. Be patient. Once fully expanded, take them out and squeeze them. Much like your paper towels when you germinated, you don’t want a soaking pod. Just damp.
Poke a hole in the top of the peat pod no deeper than half an inch/one-and-a-quarter centimetres. Place the seed’s pointy end (the taproot) down, then cover in loose peat. Don’t pat it down. You’re tucking it in, not burying it. Place your happy seeds in a propagation dome for another three or four days until the first leaves start to emerge.
Starting seeds on a windowsill offers less control, especially when starting sensitive young plants. For best results, try starting your seeds in an enclosed space such as a closet, storage or laundry room, beneath a fluorescent light fixture with a programmable light timer to give them a steady 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness.GROW FACT
*Grow Guide Glossary
Germinate: The process of sprouting a baby plant (seedling) from a seed.
Legal Note: In Canada, the Cannabis Act permits adults to cultivate up to four (4) cannabis plants per household (not per person). Some provinces and territories (including Manitoba and Quebec) have applied added restrictions on personal cultivation. You are responsible for knowing what is legal in the province or territory where you live or visit, and online.