24 hours later…all 6 seeds had either sprouted a tiny tap rootlet or were just breaking through the shell. At this point the 3 OG have had more of a vigorous start as the rootlets are more noticeable than the 3 MK but all 6 have started their germination beautifully and it’s on to the next step.
Now that they have been soaking for 24 hours, the seeds are ready to be placed in a moist paper towel to allow longer tap root growth. You want to keep your sheet of paper towel moist, and able to drain excess water. This was done by placing a regular food grater on a dinner plate and placing a distilled water mositened paper towel over the length of the grater. The grater allows for air flow underneath the seeds and gives excess water a way to drain away easily.
Next the seeds were carefully “plucked” out of the water cups with a sterile tweezer, making sure not to touch where the rootlets had and are breaking through. The seeds were placed gently on the paper towel and covered with another sheet of folded paper towel then moistened with distilled water. Excess water was drained off so that the seeds would not be deprived of oxygen and drown. Since there are two strains for this grow, labeling the paper towels accordingly will help track the strains development.
Cannabis seeds need only water, correct temperature and air to germinate. The seeds were placed on top of the fridge along with a thermometer to check temperature but any shady, warm location (70 – 90 degrees) is ideal. Low temperatures delay germination whereas above 90 degrees will impair seed chemistry causing poor germination. The seeds were checked 2 – 3 times daily to make sure that the paper towel remained evenly moist and not dry out and that the temperature was in range. Within 3 – 5 days the seeds will have sprouted enough tap roots to be moved into their growing medium.