Q&A with Jorge
I don’t get the concept of germination. How do you sprout seeds?
Growing is simple and easy, as long as you keep it that way. Get your hands dirty and don’t get discouraged when you make mistakes or even kill plants.
Start with free or inexpensive seeds. If you make mistakes germinating free seeds, you can easily start over. Experience goes a long way to improving your comfort zone. Cannabis seeds need only water, heat and air to germinate. Seeds sprout without light in two to seven days, in temperatures between 70Â°F and 90Â°F. Soak seeds overnight in a glass of water. Make sure the seeds get good and wet so growth is activated. Don’t let seeds soak more than 24 hours. Once soaked, place the seeds between moist paper towels or cheesecloth on a dinner plate to sprout, and put them in a dark place. Water the cloth daily and keep it moist.
Let excess water drain away freely. The cloth will retain enough moisture to germinate the seeds in a few days. Prevent fungal attacks by watering with a mild 2% bleach or fungicide solution.
Once the seeds have sprouted and white sprouts are visible, carefully pick up the fragile sprouts with tweezers and plant them in soil. Use high-quality store-bought soil for the first few crops: It’s more forgiving and less expensive than hydroponics. Cover the germinated seeds with 0.25 to 0.5 inch of soil, with the white root tips pointing downward, and use high-quality hydroponic nutrients or a liquid fertilizer.