Germinating seeds

When it comes to seeds there’s a wide variety to choose from, if you’ve bought your seeds from a retailer i suggest you read the specifications from the supplier. Weather you’ve saved a few seeds from bags of weed or if you’ve carefully selected a specific strain for personal taste you’ve got your seeds an you want them to sprout as soon as possible here is how to do it.

What you need:

-A small glass of water

-Two kitchen towels

-A little plant pot with soil per seed your planning to grow

-And a reseal-able plastic bag

How to Germinate seeds step 1 – Soak

Place as many seeds as you require into your glass of water and leave to soak for between 12 to 24 hours. Notice that they float when first placed in the water most should sink after being left to soak but don’t worry too much if they don’t.

How to Germinate seeds step 2 – Paper towels and Plastic bags

Now your seeds have had a good soak moisten your paper towels (don’t over wet them but make sure they’re not dry if you can hold them up without water running off there about right) now remove your seeds and CAREFULLY place them spaced apart on one of your moist paper towels, once all the seeds are in position place your other paper on top of the first one to create a sort of seed sandwich. Now you’ve got your seed sandwich place it inside your plastic and seal it up, place this somewhere warm and dark and check on it every 12 hours or so.

How to Germinate seeds step 3 – Taproots and Shoots

After a day or two you will notice a little white root poking out of a split in your seeds this is called a taproot (see pic) be sure not to touch or damage this as it is extremely sensitive and any damage will result in mutation or even death of the seed. When the taproot becomes about a cm long its time to plant it in your little starter pots. To do this first you need to moisten the soil (you only need a little bit of water too much and you will drown the little seed) then take a pencil and poke a hole in the surface of the soil about 1.5cm deep, then remove the top paper towel and carefully place the seed taproot facing down into the whole you’ve just made and very loosely cover with soil. Ensure the soil surrounding the seed it light and fluffy so it can easily establish itself.