Stoney Tark edited on: March 16, 2023 8 minutes read

"A seedling will typically emerge out of its medium anywhere from 4-14 days, usually sooner rather than later. But they can take awhile, and this why a lot of growers like to germinate with a paper towel because they will seed the taproot emerge typically within 48 hrs. And if the taproot shows, then the plant will most likely develop into a seedling. Be careful not to damage the taproot as it's the plants only source of life."

Beginner Level Cannabis Seeds

When the seedling pops you’ll probably see 4 leaves, 2 large oval-shaped ones, that look like the shell of the seed (called cotyledons). These feed the seedling until veg, so no need to give nutes yet. You’ll also most likely see two tiny fan or “true” leaves.

Cannabis typically stays in the seedling stage for about 2 weeks. They are in veg when the leaves have developed into the classic 5 finger leaf.

High humidity and temps in the 70’s is the best range for seedlings since it’s supposed to be spring.

Germination methods

Germination is the process by which a seed sprouts and begins to grow into a new plant. There are several methods that can be used to germinate seeds, but the most common ones are:

1. Soil germination:

This method involves planting the seeds directly into soil. The soil should be moist, but not waterlogged, and the temperature should be suitable for the specific type of seed being planted. The seed will absorb water and nutrients from the soil, and begin to grow roots and shoots.

2. Paper towel germination:

This method involves placing the seeds on a damp paper towel and covering them with another damp paper towel. The paper towels should be placed in a warm, dark place, and checked regularly to ensure that they remain damp. Once the seeds have sprouted, they can be planted in soil.

3. Germination in water:

This method involves soaking the seeds in water for a period of time until they start to sprout. The seeds should be placed in a warm, dark place and checked regularly to ensure that the water does not become stagnant or moldy. Once the seeds have sprouted, they can be planted in soil.

4. Germination in a seed tray:

This method involves using a seed tray or germination chamber, which provides a controlled environment for the seeds to sprout. The trays are filled with a seed-starting mix, which is a sterile soil mixture designed specifically for germinating seeds. The seeds are placed in the mix and kept moist and warm until they sprout, at which point they can be transplanted into soil.


The specific method used for germination will depend on the type of seed being planted and the resources available. It is important to follow the instructions for the specific method carefully to ensure successful germination.

Stoney Tark

Stoney Tark has been involved with cannabis for over 15 years. During this time, he has become head writer for the long-standing magazine; Soft Secrets, a position he has held for the last ten years, alongside writing for every other main publication.

Author of Stoney Tark’s Top Tips on Growing Cannabis, host of The Roll Models Podcast, breeder and sponsored by SANlight LED. Stoney is well versed in many systems and methods of growing, including, Organics, Hydroponics, Breeding, and Hash production. 

Well known in the public eye for his easy-to-understand and detailed breakdowns of all things related to cannabis. 

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