How to Germinate Cannabis Seeds – A Beginner's Guide with Kyle Kushman

How to Germinate Cannabis Seeds – A Beginner's Guide with Kyle Kushman

Find out how to germinate cannabis seeds using tried and tested methods with this handy video guide from master grower Kyle Kushman. You can trust that Kyle Kushman knows the best way to germinate cannabis seeds, having been in the industry for almost three decades! There are many different methods to germinate cannabis seeds, but this guide is here to help you understand how to germinate marijuana seeds the Homegrown way, the Kyle Kushman way.

If you’re stuck figuring out how to germinate weed seeds then this video is definitely for you. When you combine America’s best seed bank with a true cultivation expert in Kyle Kushman, chances are you’re going to get information that will be both informative and helpful!

So, you want to know how to germinate marijuana seeds? We don’t blame you, this is arguably the most important step for having a successful grow.

If you don’t germinate your seeds correctly then, to put it simply, they won’t grow at all, let alone thrive. However, if you do germinate weed seeds correctly then you have taken the all-important first step in rearing successful and productive plants.

To successfully germinate cannabis seeds using the ‘paper towel’ method shown in this video, you will need:
Cannabis seeds
Paper towels
A plate


1. Pour 200 ml of purified water into the beaker. Then, add a drop of liquefied seaweed, and mix thoroughly.
2. Pour the seeds in the germination mix, and give it a little stir. Let it sit for 24 to 48 hours.
3. Prepare four (4) to six (6) sheets of plain paper towel. You need to create a bottom and top (cover) paper napkin folding; both made up of two (2) to three (3) sheets. Take the four corners in the middle, creating a two- to three-layered square fold.
4. Put one paper towel on the plate. The folded side with four triangles should be facing the plate.
5. Pour some of the water and seaweed mix on the paper towel to moisten it. Then, put the seeds on top.
6. Put the other paper towel on top as a cover. It will soak up all the extra water. Make sure there is no free-standing water under the plate.
7. Leave the plate and its contents in a warm, dark place.
8. Every 12 to 24 hours, check back to make sure the paper towels are still wet.
9. Once 48 hours have gone by, you should see beautiful little sprouts.

Now you have germinated seeds, it is time for you to plant them. I’ll show you the best way to do it in the next video.

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  1. Outdoor Adventures on May 15, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    Are the seeds your using from #Nukeheads ? Container looks like theirs 😂

  2. Anievas Arzel Marie on May 15, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    alternative for liquified seaweed pleease 🙂

  3. G M on May 15, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    When you put the seeds in the water do they have to go into a dark place over night.

  4. çlō on May 15, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    Man I bought 6 seeds from beaver seeds so far only 2 popped open.. watch them both be male too 😐😭

  5. Kevin Clavey on May 15, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing your Tips, ✌

  6. Stan Gosling on May 15, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    My seeds have never sprouted in 2 or 3 days. Always more like a week

  7. Rodney Doucette on May 15, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Do you have too add sea weed ?

  8. BRIXTIONATION on May 15, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Mmm smells good 🙃

  9. growin·ish on May 15, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Thanks. Subbed!

  10. AutoFlower AZ Home First Grow on May 15, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    100% Spot On, I use this method for my first time growing just recently germinated six seeds in all six seeds took wonderfully to this method!

  11. Captain Ron on May 15, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    I’m 74 years old a new to growing cannabis plants. I’ve been germinating my own vegetable seeds for more than 30 years. Many years ago I wondered about the best way to germinate seeds and then I realized it was relatively easy and cheap to do my own testing for finding the best method – using the same seed and comparing results using different mediums and methods (damp paper towel/baggies, customized and commercial germination mixes, soil less methods (peat pellets, fine vermiculite, coir, peat moss), high and low humidity environments, varying temperatures (thermostat-controlled heat mats), varying degrees of light – and probably a lot of other variables that I don’t remember.

    What I concluded is that germinating vegetable seeds is quite easy and all the methods I tried worked reasonably well – of course as long as I followed moderate (indoor) temperatures and provided a consistently moist (not soaking) environment. For me, I use whatever method is convenient and easy for me.

    I’m wondering … is germinating cannabis seeds significantly different from germinating vegetable seed?

  12. Top List Crew on May 15, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    I got my seeds to pop within 18-hours. They are doing great following this method.

  13. J on May 15, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    I’m almost certain his name is Kyle Kushman

  14. GoldenGod on May 15, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    the paper towel method with ziploc bag how many paper towels do i need to put one feminized photoperiod marijuana seed? And i was told to blow exhale air into the ziploc bag to keep the humidity up and to spray so it never goes dry. How long should i keep it in a small glass with distilled water before dumping the seed out into a paper towel with a ziplock bagj And once in the zip lock bag how often should i check my seed/seeds? And how long should they take to germinate into seedlings?

  15. Kofi 青龙 Reynaldo on May 15, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    If you want to germinate, should you leave it in the liquid longer or on the paper towel longer?

  16. Christine Parker on May 15, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    After the paper towel germination method my tap root separated from my seed. Now what?

  17. Stefan BIhanskyj on May 15, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    love it! love how he says moiiishen. thats a real guy, talking to us like we would understand. fck yea man. keep goin your way!

  18. çlō on May 15, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    How long can you store seeds until they go bad?

  19. Shelby on May 15, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Will this work without seaweed

  20. blue text on white background on May 15, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    lol i like how you had a brain fart and called it a paper plate. your mind was probably thinking paper towel and some wires got crossed. 😁

  21. CLYDE FROG on May 15, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    Takes square paper towel sheets and folds it into a diamond, then rotates it 45 degrees to make a square. LOL

  22. Olin's RC on May 15, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Were gonna Moystin it!!! 😂😂😂

  23. GOOT JUICE HOT SAUCE on May 15, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    I germinate my seeds like this. He’s right.👍

  24. Shiraaz Kamaldien on May 15, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    It’s my second grow now but I’m doing ur basics with your vids… Thank you 💟☺️💟 LPR…

  25. Matty Grows in Canada on May 15, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Starting my seeds in 2 days, can’t wait! Thanks so much for the video 👍🇨🇦

  26. 999 666 on May 15, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Bob Ross stoner cousin

  27. Colman Young on May 15, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    you look like a past Sifu of mine.

  28. Caleb Anderson on May 15, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    You get a sub. Nice job!!

  29. Slitherman7 on May 15, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Hi im ready to learn from the best u got yourself a new subscriber

  30. Alan Weldon on May 15, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    they are already germinated

  31. Tj Mooney on May 15, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    You forgot to soak them for a bit in hydrogen peroxide water before your process

  32. Gina Beltran on May 15, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    Is there a substitute for the liquified seaweed

  33. Felipe Bravo on May 15, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    That song is annoying

  34. Adolfo Mendez on May 15, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Seedweed really how about some palmatgranet juice 😆.

  35. ajninogardtsal on May 15, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Amazing brother I’ll call you sensei

  36. Spud Ryan on May 15, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks. What’s that technique called when you pinch and bend parts of the stem?, it sort of swells it up and it’s supposed to help the plant somehow

  37. dalan wanbdiska on May 15, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    I moisten the top layer of soil and then add seed half inch in middle of pot. Cover lightly and water again lightly. I added a layer of saran wrap over the pot and in 3 days they appear out of the dirt. Just a different way.

  38. 2OH4 GREENERY on May 15, 2022 at 6:35 pm


    @ 2oh4.greenery


  39. Casey Blondin on May 15, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Can’t wait to get my seeds!! 1st time. I’m so excited!!!

  40. jake rogers on May 15, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Ever have any problems with an almost mycelium /mold like growth on seeds? Been growing about 5 years and never had this problem until this year 😣

  41. Domination on May 15, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Ok I’m new to the growing scene but I’m going to give it a try

  42. 420microd2112 on May 15, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    dude I’ve followed you since the 90’s……and I’ve used the paper towel tech for 20plus years….but this last 12months I’ve bought seeds from reputable companies and so far all seeds but 2 out of 20 seeds popped using this tech…….have u ever run into a hand full seeds not pop

  43. Adolfo Mendez on May 15, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Will this work with 🥭 Mango.

  44. Ivan Fuentes on May 15, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    I just had my first taproot when I checked in on mine and others look like they are all sprouting. I folded my paper in 2 pieces then then separated them a bit. Hopefully I get a successful transfer

  45. Less migrants more walls on May 15, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    He looks like like bbno$

  46. Craig Powell on May 15, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Thanks my dude.

  47. Daniel Mackenzie on May 15, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    What if I don’t have liquified seaweed?

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  49. Lunatics Gaming on May 15, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    I’m going to try the seaweed. I had only 2 seeds sprout a taproot after 48 hours in the dark under moist paper towel. maybe I just got a bad batch, but it was a terrible grow run now that it’s legal in VA.

  50. Scott 3769 on May 15, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    24-48 hours = over night? …no explanation of why liq seaweed. Good vid tho, would just like more clarity