What does nick the seedcoat mean?

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  1. donna in nc

    donna in nc In Flower

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    I want to plant some new to me gourds it says nick the seed coat and soak for 24 hours not sure what nick the seedcoat means
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Make a little cut in the seed coating so that water can get inside to help the seed germinate. I have a small file that I use but you can also use a nail clipper if you are very careful to not cut the germ inside.
     
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    Nicking the seed will allow the water to get in and help it to germinate. You can nick the seed by making a small cut in its coating or rubbing it on something such as sand paper which will also do the same.
     
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