Seeds forum: Soaking large seeds

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Name: Dora
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dorab
Apr 18, 2015 1:02 PM CST
I am soaking some cucumber and squash seeds before planting indoors, and am wondering how long they should be soaked - usually I just do them for a couple of hours, but I noticed sweet peas should be soaked about 24 hours, and that got me wondering.
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Onewish1
Apr 19, 2015 3:35 AM CST

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I don't think I ever soaked mine.. sweet peas need a soaking for sure
Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Apr 19, 2015 8:19 AM CST
I soaked my overnight and it seems to have worked out OK. I don't think 24 hours will hurt them, but I don't know how much is actually the optimum length of time.
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Apr 19, 2015 12:03 PM CST
This is pure speculation, I didn't even "read it on the Internet": If you do want to soak some seeds longer than overnight, maybe soak them IN WATER overnight, then pour them in a thin layer between two sheets of coffee filter or paper towel, and only MOISTEN that.

Spending too long underwater might drown a seed that woke up quickly and needed oxygen to continue growing. But it could get enough oxygen if only one thickness of paper towel was over it. A damp paper towel would still let it imbibe water freely.
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woofie
Apr 19, 2015 1:10 PM CST
I've never soaked cucumber or squash seeds and they generally sprout very quickly. Sweet peas (and peas in general) definitely do best soaked overnight, tho. I do the paper towel bit that Rick mentioned when I have seeds I'm not sure are viable.
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Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Apr 19, 2015 5:14 PM CST
Remember too, that any seed that imbibes water by any method becomes tender in comparison. Handle with care!!!
Name: Dora
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dorab
Apr 19, 2015 9:18 PM CST
Many thanks. I was hoping soaking them would accelerate the process. I've been planting seedlings all day - I think I've overdone the seeds this year. Good thing I have to work tomorrow so I can get some rest.
Dora
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Apr 20, 2015 7:57 AM CST
Dora, you can never over do the seed sowing!
Name: Dora
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dorab
Apr 20, 2015 12:24 PM CST
No Caroline. I don't have the space, indoors or out, and have used 15 years' accumulation of 2 inch pots as well as all my seeding mix. The only reason I have space under my lights is because the weather is so good the tomatoes have gone outside during the day. I've also started annuals indoors, and once they're ready to be pricked out, the cucumbers and squash had better be ready to go outside as well, because there won't be space under the lights for them.
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