Over the weekend I got a few PM's asking how I sprout my seeds. I was asked if I germinated them first some way and then sprouted or if I just put the seeds in soil. The answer is I always sprout the seeds in soil and never germinate them in a paper towel, snuggie or sham wow. I was told by a breeder that removing the seed from a paper towel, the micro roots along the edge of the tap root can get torn and damaged, thus stunting the plant. So with that in mind, I have created this thread explaining how I sprout my seeds. Within a few days, all viable seeds will sprout, not the 7-10 days I've been reading about lately. The use of pictures make the process easier to understand hopefully avoiding a little confusion. Picture #1 This is a seed tray. You can buy a kit that comes with a seed tray that hold anywhere from 12 to 288 seeds. A reservoir, and a clear cover. You can also get free seed trays when you buy plants for your garden. Marigolds come in a seed tray. Generally 4 or 6 plants per tray/flat. This plastic tray of cups can be cut to your chosen side. The one picture will sprout 12 seeds. You will need the reservoir. I don't use the clear plastic cover. Picture #2 Fill the seed tray with soil. It can be dry and poke holes to plant seeds. 1 seed per cup. I have chosen 6 White Widow and 6 Ice. If you grow multiple strains, be sure to label each cup or flat with the name of the strain you are growing. Picture #3 This is a reservoir. Fill with about 1/2 inch of water. Picture #4 Place seed tray with soil and seed into the reservoir. The water will wick itself up into the seed cups providing water for your seeds. Place reservoir and seed tray under light. Let seed tray sit in the reservoir and water for about 30 minutes. The dry soil with seed will now be soaked and wet with water. You don't want to drown your seed, so I do not suggest keeping the tray in water for more than 2 hours. Once soaked, remove seed tray from reservoir and remove water from reservoir. Picture #5 Place empty reservoir back into grow room and set soaked seed tray into it. The reservoir will now catch all water and moisture seeping from seed tray. I do this so I don't drown the seed. Too much water can render seeds nonviable. Note the change in soil color between picture 4 and picture 5. The tray is picture 5 is completely soaked within 2 hours. When the soil dries up a little over night, about 24-36 hours later. Fill reservoir with about 1/2 of water and let tray soak again for about 2 hours. Again, once soaked, remove excess water from reservoir and set soaked seed tray into empty reservoir. Within 3 days, the 1st sprouts will break the soil, and by the 5th day, all viable seeds will have sprouted. With this style of sprouting, you will not have to worry about damaging your plants before the have sprouted.