So, what are the basics? You’re going to need a feminized cannabis seed, some soil (herb or tomato soil is fine for starters), a small planter pot (a red solo cup works great too; just be sure so carve a small drainage hole in the bottom, before filling it with soil), fresh water and lots of light.
To start, I drop my seed into a mug filled with water. This is to help with germination. I use a mug because they aren’t clear, keeping the seed dark, and their sizes are pretty consistent, giving me the same amount of water each time. After I drop my seed (or seeds) into the mug of water, I place a lid on top and put the mug in the cupboard for about 15 hours. I usually check on the seeds at the halfway point. It they are still floating, I gently poke them with my finger, just to sink them to the bottom. The seeds may not sink though, they may just stay afloat, but don’t worry, it’s a not a huge deal.
After about 15 hours, take the mug out of the cupboard and grab 4 sheets of paper towel. Not toilet paper, not a rag, actually paper towel from a roll. Fold the paper towel in half, and then in half again and set it on a dinner plate. Carefully pour the contents from the mug onto the paper towels that you just set on top of that dinner plate. I say carefully because you don’t want to lose your seed from inside the mug.
Carefully move the seed to the center of the paper towel, by gently rolling it there with your clean finger. If you have multiple seeds, spread them out evenly on the paper towel, leaving at least an inch in between each one. From there, fold the wet paper towel in half once more and then, with your hand holding the paper towels in place, pour off the excess water from the plate and then place the plate in a cool, dark cupboard, checking on it daily to ensure the paper towel stays damp. If you feel it starting to dry at all, spray it down with some water (if you don’t have a spray bottle, turn your faucet on ever so slightly and allow a few droplets to moisten it up. If the paper towel dries out it mean your seed has dried up and that means it will no longer germinate or sprout a seedling.