The first thing to say is that not all seeds germinate at the same speed – some may germinate within a couple of days; others may take over a week.
To begin with, check your seeds.
They should be brown, hard and dry. If they look green and fresh, they haven’t yet matured and will not be ready.
The equipment you then need to germinate your seeds is not exactly cutting-edge technology.
Two plates, four sheets of kitchen roll, some distilled water, and that’s it.
Oh, don’t forget your seeds!
First off, dampen, but don’t oversoak the kitchen paper with the distilled water.
Then lay two of the four sheets on a plate.
On top of the sheet place your seeds, approximately an inch apart.
Then place the remaining two sheets of paper on top and gently press them down.
Finally, invert the second plate and place it on top to form a dome.
Now the seeds are in a dark, damp place.
To help them germinate, all they need is a little warmth, keeping them at a temperature of between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Over the next few days, check that the paper never dries out, but don’t oversoak it.
You will know when a seed has germinated as it will have split, and what is called the tap root will have begun to grow.
At this stage resist temptation to touch your seeds as they are very fragile and susceptible to germs.
Get some small, two-inch pots and fill them nearly to the top with potting compost.
Make a small hole in the centre of the compost, about a quarter of an inch deep using a pencil.
Then, using a pair of tweezers, gently transfer the germinated seed into the soil with the tap root pointing downwards.
Dampen the soli with a spray bottle to keep it moist, but if the compost becomes too wet, the seedling may wither and die.
We’ll cover lighting in a separate video as there’s quite a lot to discuss, so in the meantime, if you have any germinating tips, share them with us in the comments below, and of course if you enjoyed this video make sure to subscribe to our channel, so you too can become a cannabis expert!