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Soaking Seeds Before Planting

There are a lot of people who have uttered a question whether soaking seeds before planting is really significant and influential to the growth of the plants in the future. If you are categorized as a person who has passion in gardening then you need to read this post further. Regarding the previously uttered question, this post is going to discuss more details of soaking the plant’s seeds before actually planting them. We are not only going to talk about the significant of this matter but we are also going to discuss about the commonly used method of soaking and planting as well.

Soaking Lettuce Seeds Before Planting
Soaking Lettuce Seeds Before Planting

In order to be able to successfully germinate, we have to prevent the seeds from being dormant. Dormancy causes them to hardly coat so they will not be able to germinate early. This circumstance is said to highly be influenced by the weather in the environment that can soften the seeds’ outer coats. Therefore, soaking the seeds before planting is hoped to mimic the nature of wet weather that is needed so the plants can grow perfectly. However, soaking is actually only required by seeds that have hard coating such as flowers, shrubs and trees.

Soaking Corn Seeds
Soaking Corn Seeds

The Advantages

The process of soaking seeds before planting is actually very significant in the germination process later on. By soaking the seeds you can help them take in moisture more so their hard coats can be soften more quickly. The common sense of this method is actually on the hard coat of the seeds that need to be softened. Being too hard, the coat of this type of seeds is very hard to be pushed through by the sprout inside the seed. Hence, you need to soften the hard coat by soaking the seed first. However, since the moisture level will be high then it is better for you to plant the seeds immediately after soaking them to prevent any fungal problems.

 Soaking Vegetable Seeds Before Planting
Soaking Vegetable Seeds Before Planting

Soaking Technique

There are a lot of soaking techniques you can do in this case. First of all, you can start with boiling a pan of water. Hot water is said to be able to soften the hard coat faster compared to cold water is. After you are sure that the water is well boiled then you can put the seeds inside the hot water. The soaking time will vary based on the type of the seeds you are soaking. Bigger seeds may need longer time to soak so the hard coat can be softened perfectly. You can take a look at the seeds after quite sometimes, if they are twice their original size then it can possibly indicate that they have absorbed enough water and ready to plant.

Soaking Grass Seed Before Planting
Soaking Grass Seed Before Planting

Additional Scarification

The process of soaking seeds before planting will be easier and quicker if you scuff the hard coat first beforehand. This additional method is very useful in case you have big and very hard coated seeds so the water can be absorbed more quickly later on. You can use sandpaper or metal file to do the scuffing. However, you need to remember not to scuff them too deep since it can harm the seed embryo instead.