Starting seeds can be frustrating but here are some ways you can maximize your success. First, you can soak your seeds in water to help hydrate them and get them ready to sprout. Germinating seeds can be done either in a cup of water or directly in the soil media. Some people prefer using a moist paper towel to soak the seeds. Next, prepare your media for planting. If using rockwool make sure you pre soak it in pH 5.5 adjusted water to dissolve any remaining lime.