Hey guys.. hope everyone is off to great weekend.. I always get a ton of questions on how to germinate seeds. Especially old seeds.. Everyone has their own way. Depending how the seeds were stored, the fridge is an excellent place for a cold snap...I had an old fart tell me,( Always remember, Enzymes are catalysts along with cofactors and coenzymes..Seed germination is 100% enzyme driven)..From germinating, cloning, veg, flower or seed production.. I try and make it as easy as possible.... Heres a few steps that have worked 100% for the past 20+ years..fyi, fullmoon is an awesome time to crack open seeds. The way I look at it. If a moon can move an oceans tide, it can definitely tie into germinating seeds ......
1..I always, lightly scuff the seams to older bullet proof or special seeds with a book of matches on the grit strip side, then soak in regular tap water for 24-48 hours. Yes Tap water. Imo, Tap water works amazing for germinating seeds due to the chlorine and chemicals that are in city or well water.... (If they sink or crack open on a soak, it's usually party time. If not, I crack them open with my teeth.. kinda like a sunflower seed).
2.... Once they sink, put a few drops of peroxide in there to clean and oxygenate the tap root. Sometimes the peroxide will make your seeds float.. Totally cool.. Let sit for another 12-24 hours then rinse seeds in a fresh cup of water..just my thing..
3..From there I'd put them into a damp paper towel, then stick them into a Ziploc bag full of air...
4... Let them sit for at least 2-3 days for the tap root to reach, before you stick them into soil...
5..DO NOT BURRY THE SEED...JUST BURRY THE TAP ROOT SO THE SEED IS ABOVE SOIL....Then use spray bottle to dampen soil.. Step 3-4 is crucial..When they sit in the the paper towel..The tap root grows tiny little microscopic hairs that become very effective when placed into soil.. ️
This process usually takes up to a week.
Fyi, try this method on some old bs seeds. Don't try it on your brand new 1k auction pack, and say stray said this works....lol.. this method works for me....hope this helps..