To soak or not to soak

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  1. marlingardener

    marlingardener Strong Ash

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    I usually soak larger seeds like beans, cucumbers, squash overnight in tepid rain water. I have this crazy idea that it helps them germinate quicker once planted in the garden.
    Do you soak larger seeds, or just pop them into the soil and wait for results?
    Does soaking really help?
     
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  3. carolyn

    carolyn Strong Ash

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    I think that is fine, I think if you soak them longer you might kill them instead of just softening the shell. I soak my pepper seeds sometimes.
     
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    Dirtmechanic Seedling

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    Soaking recipes, yes recipes, are an interesting area I have not really learned about other to know that some recipes describe antifungal ideas and some are for hormones to prompt growth of roots. I am sure there are other thoughts.
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    I think that soaking will help a little...but after trials, I was not convinced that it was worth the time. I have not pre-soaked my seeds for several years now.
     
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