The Q&A Archives: Soaking Bean Seeds

Question: I see so much written about soaking seeds before planting. I was wondering is this always the case, and are there certain seeds that should not be soaked prior to planting? I plan to plant string beans by seed this year and was wondering if I should pre-soak them.

Answer: You won't hurt your bean seeds by soaking them. These seeds are often helped along by soaking which softens up the hard exterior of the seed allowing the little plant to burst forth a bit easier. Not all seeds need this, nor is it always practical. If the seed shows a hard surface and is relatively large as seeds go, a soak probably would be helpful. However, I've never soaked my bean seeds, and they've come up fine every year. Just be sure to keep the soil moist after sowing.

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