Soaking Seeds - Knowledgebase Question

Lansing, MI
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Question by poowani
May 15, 2000
Can all seeds be soaked in water overnight to enhance germination or will some seeds drown? thank you! we really enjoy this site; it's the best we've seen with the quickest response time!

Answer from NGA
May 15, 2000
Not all seeds should be soaked. Soaking aids those with hard seed coats and/or larger sizes, including many seeds from the legume family such as lupine and sweet pea. Tiny seeds such as carrots and lettuces, or wispy "grassy" type seeds, such as bachelor's button or marigolds, don't benefit from soaking. If you have questions about specific seeds, please send another email to the Q&A site and we'll be happy to provide pointers on enhancing germination. We're glad that you enjoy the site!

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