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Apr 13, 2015 2:26 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Brenda I agree with Red. I would plant them all. To me, the main reason for soaking is to get moisture back into the seeds and get the dormant embryo to kick in and start germinating. Some seeds will absorb the water faster weighing it down and causing it to sink.

Sinkers I don't let soak very long as the seed can drown itself. Now if I have only a few seeds of something and I have seeds floating and some sinking, I will take the sinkers out and plant and dig the floaters out and look for the tiny spot where the seed was attached and give it a gentle little filing with an emery board and soak again in some water and hydrogen peroxide. Some times a seed when picked or emptied out of a pod will still have part of that pod membrane attached to it and it blacks the water from being able to be absorbed. Some seeds need several changes of hot water to get them going and several days.

These are some Okra seeds I soaked the other day overnight in water and hydrogen peroxide. You can see if you look close all the tiny white radicle emerging. All but one or two were floaters.

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Joseph I took those Okra seeds and planted them into individual 3" pots, covered with a piece of plastic for two days , removed and had in small gh and this what they looked like 3 days later. If I didn't soak and use the hydrogen peroxide I'd still be waiting on seeds to pop. These are the Hitter Okra.

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Danita Thanks for the information. I have a bunch right now in the sick bay. Maybe the ones where the tops aren't mangled to bad I can root. That sure would be nice. If it was hybrids I wouldn't worry about them, but these guys are heirlooms and I only had a few seeds of each kind to try and grow and save seed from for this year.

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