Alternative to hot water for seed pre-soaking?

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Alternative to hot water for seed pre-soaking?

Post by Kristen » Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:40 pm

Dave has recommended warm/hot water soaking for seeds as they expand, air in the seed escapes and then as they cool they "suck" in some water, which helps start germination.

I read today of what might be an alternative, which is to put the seeds, and water, in a pump-up sprayer such that the pressure causes water to move into the seed.

Apart from the faff of getting seeds / water into, and out of, the sprayer does anyone think this method may have any merit? or pitfalls?

I have a small 1L sprayer I use for misting plants and might give it a go.
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Re: Alternative to hot water for seed pre-soaking?

Post by flounder » Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:19 pm

Sounds feasible, same principle I use for making dog biscuit softer(fishing)
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Re: Alternative to hot water for seed pre-soaking?

Post by tropical Tom » Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:17 pm

one word.......Nitrozyme......don't tell everyone :wink:
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Re: Alternative to hot water for seed pre-soaking?

Post by Kristen » Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:06 pm

tropical Tom wrote:one word.......Nitrozyme......don't tell everyone :wink:
OK, just you and me know then? :)

I stuck it into Google and majority of the hits are Cannabis sites - IME that's a good sign as they have their cash-crop growing down to a fine art.

Also find a thread here discussing that, once diluted, Nitrozyme might be pretty similar to Maxicrop et al.

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Re: Alternative to hot water for seed pre-soaking?

Post by Blairs » Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:43 pm

Kristen wrote:once diluted, Nitrozyme might be pretty similar to Maxicrop et al.
Essentially they are the same thing with Nitrozyme being 5 X concentrated over Maxicrop.


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