Cup o' Water Germination
Ok, so I keep seeing folks debating different methods of germination and I thought I would take the time to show my personal favorite germ method.
When I first started out, I tried the paper towel method. TBH, I hated it.
First, trying to keep the towels moist, but not too moist and then trying to extract the germed seeds from the soggy mess when ready was a real PITA for this particular grower.
I don't remember where I first heard of the cup of water method, but I decided to try it and I fell in love with the hands off, no attention needed aspect of this particular method.
So, first I put some water in a cup. Just regular old tap water, not ice cold yet not warm either. I like to call it tepid.
Basically as close to room temperature as I can guesstimate.
Next I throw some seeds in the cup of water.
I then place the cup in a dark closet on a shelf in room temperature (70-72 degrees) and forget about them overnight.
The next morning (12 hours later) I look at the cups and see how many have sunk. Any still floating I dunk with my finger to see if they will sink.
Past experience has told me that any floaters are not going to be viable.
"America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards."