To be successful with the Cotton Pad Germination method it is very important to use the right type of cotton pads. They can be found in most pharmacies and drug stores.
Don’t use paper towel, toilet paper or any other comparable materials, only the make-up cotton pad retains the right level of moisture to make this method successful.
Germination can take 3-10 days, depending on environmental conditions and variety
Follow these steps for the Cotton Pad Germination Method, to ensure healthy germination rates of around 95-100%
Step 1: Collect the correct materials
Step 2: Place the seeds on the cotton pads
Place the cotton pads on a plate (for every 5 seeds you will have to use 2 cotton pads).
Place the seeds on the cotton pad (max 5 seeds per cotton pad) and lay them in a dice formation
Step 3: Spray the seeds and cotton pad with water
Take your spray bottle and put it on fine mist and spray the seeds lightly.
Step 4: Cover the first cotton pad with a second one
Put another cotton pad on top of the seeds and spray again lightly.
Step 5: Place the pads on a dish and cover with foil
Take microwave foil (with small holes – not normal cling film) and secure it tightly over your plate.
Take the plate and put it in a dark place with a constant temperature of around 20 degrees Celsius (a closet in the living room is often a good place)
Step 6: Wait a few days for roots to develop
Wait for 2-5 days (check your plate on day 3) Once the root is between 2-5 cm the newly born seedling is ready to be transplanted into the soil.
Step 7: Prepare the soil and make a hole
Take a pot of minimum 0.25 L and fill it with either Seedmix or Lightmix. Wet the soil and make a small hole in the middle.
“Place your setup in a room with stable temperature. 20-25 degrees is ideal. We often advice your living room.”
Step 8: Place the root inside the hole
Spray again lightly and put the seedling in the hole. Make sure the root goes into the soil and the ‘head’ of the seedling, stays above the soil. Close the hole and move it to a grow room with at least 18 hours of light per day, with a temperature of 20-27 degrees Celsius and a humidity level of around 60-80%. Keep the soil moist daily.
Step 9: Let them grow
Now the seeds will grow further and shed their shell.
Always remember: Is the growing medium too wet, your seedling will rot. Is the growing medium too dry, the seedling will dry out, and die down.