#1: Germinating/Prepping Cannabis Seeds

In this video link, I will be explaining how to prepare seeds for germination and how to increase your chances of germinating older seeds.

What do you do first?
When you start with seeds there are a few things we like to do before we actually place the seed in soil or any other medium of your choice.

The first thing we want to do with our seeds is inspect them. Look for any signs that may indicate a lower chance of germination. The first thing you want to look at is the shell of the seed. If the shell is cracked, it is likely not going to germinate and is best to throw away.

Some other indicators of the likelihood of germination include the age of the seed. Seeds that have not aged, or have recently been harvested from a plant and have not dried, have a lower chance of germinating than mature seeds or older seeds that have been stored in an ideal environment.

If a seed is old but has been stored properly, certain nutrients can be used to increase the likelihood of germination. This process will be explained further.

Check out our blog for more information on Growing Your Four plants:

Please check the Laws of Canada and ensure what your province allows you to do before you start growing your four cannabis plants (Below is an extract from

Adults who are 18 years or older (depending on province or territory) are able to(1):

– Possess up to 30 grams of legal cannabis, dried or equivalent in non-dried form in public
– Share up to 30 grams with other adults
– Purchase cannabis products from a provincial or territorial retailer
– Grow up to 4 plants per residence (not per person) for personal use from licensed seeds or seedlings

(1)Reference Wednesday, 27th March at 8:46pm PST:

Thank you for watching and keep an eye out for the next episode

From your friendly neighborhood PNW Guru


IMPORTANT UPDATE: Since the filming of this video we reached out to our Liquor & Cannabis Regulation Branch – Province of British Columbia to clarify some grey areas. (April 2nd, 08:33am, 2019)

1. Where can I get cannabis seeds?
2. How many seeds can I hold
3. How many seeds can I germinate?
4. When are they classed as plant? At what point if I germinate more than 4 seeds am I breaking the law.

Dear William,

Your email of March 13, 2019 sent to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, within the Ministry of Attorney General, has been forwarded to the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat, within the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, for response. Thank you for your questions regarding the possession of cannabis seeds and cultivation of cannabis plants.

You have asked where to obtain non-medical cannabis seeds. Seeds can legally be purchased in-person from BC Cannabis Stores (, online at the BC Cannabis Stores website, or in-person at licensed private retailers. The availability of seeds varies by location.(

Adults 19+ can possess up to 30 seeds in public and possess up to 1,000 seeds in a location other than a public place (for example, at home). It is legal to germinate up to four seeds at any one time. A cannabis plant is classified as a plant from the moment it germinates.

Adults 19+ can legally grow up to four non-medical cannabis plants per dwelling house. If two adults live in the same dwelling, the legal limit of a maximum of four plants remains unchanged.

While adults 19+ can legally grow up to four non-medical cannabis plants per dwelling house, there are additional provisions outlined in the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act that must be adhered to. For example, cannabis plants cannot be visible from a public place off the property, such as parks, streets, sidewalks, sports fields, and K-12 school properties. For more information about growing non-medical cannabis at home please visit

Local governments can also further restrict growing non-medical cannabis at home under existing powers to establish bylaws. You may wish to contact your local government to find out if they have additional restrictions in place.

Thank you for writing and we hope you find this information helpful.


Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat
Policing and Security Branch
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
PO Box 9285, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9J7


If you’re unsure of the law within your province please reach out to your local governing body.

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