Seed Starting Tips - Soaking Seeds
It's a fact! Many seeds, sprout faster, if soaked in water prior to planting.
Soaking seeds before planting, also increases the germination rate. Soaking
seeds is helpful for both indoor and outdoor plant starts.
In general, seeds with hard seed coats, larger seeds, and slow to sprout
seeds, will benefit by soaking them in water.
Small seeds can benefit from soaking, too. The problem with soaking small
seeds, is that they are hard to handle, and plant when dry. When they are
wet, it is even more difficult to work with them.
Soaking seeds prior to planting, helps water to soften and penetrate the
seed coat. Water penetration is essential, to awakening the seed germ inside,
and causing it to sprout.
Note: Water penetration is one essential ingredient to begin the seed
sprouting process. The other is warmth. Once the seed has sprouted, other
factors are important, among them air, light and nutrients.
How to Soak Seeds
For most seeds, just place them in a container of warm water. As a rule of
thumb, soak seeds for 2 hours. That should be enough. It's okay to soak them
a little longer. If you lose track of time, don't worry. The seeds should
Larger seeds, and those with hard and thick seed coats (also called "jackets"),
can be soaked longer. We recommend soaking them for 4-8 hours. Giant pumpkin
growers will soak their large, very hard shelled seeds for up to 24 hours!
Seed Soaking Tip: Put 1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide into one quart
of water, to improve germination and sprouting times.
Soaking seeds is often done in conjunction with
After soaking the seeds, immediately plant them indoors or out.
Nicking seeds before planting
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