how many seeds did u test and how may for each method
and thanks i was wondering the best method seems i will stick with the soaking way + rep
held a bit of an experiment there to see for myself which germination method worked best..i used 3 methods for my current grow:
-paper towel method (30% germination)
-pre soaking in glass of water (95% germination)
-just plain planting in soil (0% germination)
the best method i found was the pre-soaking in a glass of water and left in the dark for 24-48 hours. at first all the seeds floated and i thought that they were screwed (because of the float test) but i left them anyway and within 36-48 hours they had all sank. not all the seeds had cracked their shells but i took them out after this time and planted them. nearly every seed from this method germinated and i have lots of healthy seedlings now.
what i did was i had a lil wooden box bout the size of a human hand put a riped peice of sock in there then folded the sock peice in half opened it put the seeds in tip filtered water in it to soak it then close the box and put it in a airing cupboard 4 1-2 days then there done
when you planted in soil did you make sure to keep it moist?
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If the paper towel method doesn't yield 100% every time, you're doing something wrong.
The way I do it is wrap them in a damp paper towel and put the towel in a ziploc sandwich baggie, then I open up my computer case and place them in there and close it up and the heat from that keeps it at about 75 constantly and they all germinate.
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i like to soak in a cup overnight THEN use the paper towel,wet in a baggie, put that in a tupperware, put that on my hot water heater and cover with a towel.
i personally have never failed to germinate a seed.