Here is my version of the paper towel
method. I usually only grow a couple of plants at a time so I like
to see the root before I put it into a rockwool cube, just to make
sure I'm not completely wasting my time. So far, I've had 100%
germination rate (been lucky, I guess).
- Paper Towel
- Tap Water (I've read that the chlorine in tap water helps kill
any germs. Doesn't seem to hurt the seed)
- 2 tea cup saucers or small plates
1).. Wet the paper towel with tap water and squeeze out enough so
that the towel is damp and not wet. Fold the towel so that it will
fit in the plate.
2).. Set the paper towel on a plate and put the seed on the
3).. Fold the damp paper towel over the seed and cover with the
4).. Place the plates with the towel and seed on top of something
warm like a seedling mat, fluorescent light fixture, cable box or
computer case. Now is a good time to start soaking your rockwool
cube(s) if you use them.
5).. Check them twice a day (about every 12 hours) to see if the
root has popped. The root in this picture popped after about 48
6).. Plant the seed root down
in whatever medium (soil,
jiffy, rockwool, etc.) you use. In my case, I will use a rockwool
cube that has been soaking in water with a PH of 5.5. I shake out
the extra water from the cube so that it is wet, but not sopping or
7).. Put your newly planted seedling in a warm area (around 75-80
degrees F). I put it under a Fluroescent light that is running 24/0
just to keep it warm. Make sure you keep the rockwool/soil moist.
Do not let it dry out!
8).. In a couple of days, it should break the surface.
By the way, if you are curious how this one turned out, here is a
picture of her right before harvest (8.3 ounces final dry