DIY: Soak Your Seeds Before Planting

Try soaking your seeds before planting them! 1. Fill a small bowl with hot water from your tap. Some seeds can tolerate boiling water, but hot tap water is safer. 2. Place seeds in the bowl. Allow them to stay in as it cools down. Too much soaking in water and a seed will drown: keep it from 12-24 hours, NO MORE than 48 hours. 3. To improve soaking, you can do a few things. Large seeds or seeds with particularly hard coats can benefit from scarification before soaking. Scarification means to damage the seed coat in some way so that the water is better able to penetrate the seed. Scarification can be done through several methods. These include rubbing the seed on fine grain sand paper, nicking the seed coat with a knife and even gently tapping the seed with a hammer to help crack the seed coat. 4. After soaking your seeds, they can be planted as directed. The benefit of soaking seeds before planting is that your germination time will be reduced, which means you can have happy, growing plants faster!

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