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|Paper Towel Method|
Here is my version of the paper towel method. I only grow one plant 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 (12 for 12).|
Seed1).. 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 towel.
3).. Fold the damp paper towel over the seed and cover with the other plate.
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 seed in this picture popped after about 48 hours.
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 dripping.
7).. Put your newly planted seedling in a warm area (around 75 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.