Using an Instant Pot to germinate cannabis seeds

Published Apr 7, 2021 09:00 a.m. ET
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Kitchen tools have been modified, evolving over the years to make some of the most difficult cooking tasks just a little bit easier. You no longer have to knead your own bread or stand over a painstakingly hot oven while stirring a slow cooking stew or chili because we’ve got innovative new tools that can do all of the hard work for us.

The latest trendy kitchen tool is the Instant Pot, a device that can cook a whole chicken breast dinner in under 20 minutes with less than half of the dirty dishes you’d make doing things the old-fashioned way. It’s been a hit with personal chefs everywhere, but few realize that it has greater potential outside of everyday meal prep.

How it works

The Instant Pot is great at cooking just about anything you’d normally make in an oven or on the stove, and it turns out that it’s also the perfect tool for cannabis growers who want an edge in the process of germination. This is because the device is capable of reaching the ideal temperatures for tropical plant species seeds to flourish. Of course, it only works in the right setting because cooking marijuana seeds would render them useless, but with the help of a medium, an Instant Pot, makes a perfect germination pod.

Why you might want to try it

You might be a bit wary of locking your cannabis seeds away in a tool that you used to properly cook last night's dinner, but there are many reasons why this method is a great choice for both beginners and experienced cultivators alike.

  • The temperature and humidity maintained in the Instant Pot are perfect, so you don’t have to worry about your seeds drying out, and it will also make them more likely to sprout.

  • The environment inside of the Instant Pot can speed up the process of germination by anywhere from 1-5 days

  • It’s easy

Step by step instructions

Are you convinced yet? If so, then it’s important that you do things the right way, otherwise, you could wreck a whole pack of cannabis seeds in minutes accidentally. To guide you, we’ve included a helpful list of step-by-step instructions, all of which should result in germination success.

You will need:

  • 1 Ziploc bag or Tupperware container
  • 1 Instant pot
  • 1-15 cannabis seeds
  • Paper towel
  • Water
  1. Open the Ziploc bag or container wide and then slide a thin paper towel that’s
    been folded inside, ensuring that it can comfortably close by folding the excess hanging bits inwards.

  2. Use a misting bottle to dampen the paper towel, and then spread your cannabis seeds evenly across the sheet.

  3. Add another double layer of paper towel followed by enough water to hold everything in place without having it dripping over the edges or out of the bag/container.

  4. Close but do not seal the Ziploc baggie/container and then set it in the middle of the Instant Pot basket.

  5. Shut the lid, and then set the Instant Pot to the yogurt setting which should maintain a nice 33°C.

  6. Leave the marijuana seeds to germinate overnight, and by morning you should have nice, healthy sprouts beginning to show.

This method always works in 24 hours or less, so if you go beyond that length of time, then your seeds might not be suitable for growing.

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