Re: [CH] Question on Growing

Robert Farr, Chile Man (
Thu, 07 May 1998 20:21:15 -0500

For softening seed coats, instead of bleach, try salt peter.

This is recommended by The Pepper Gal (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), and it works 
like a charm.

Again - bleach will severly retard seed germination.

In trial applications, per the No. Va. Master Gardeners - Va. Tech 
Extension Service - this impaired germination by as much as 75%.

Scarification (scraping off the seed coat with a file) also works well 
for getting seeds with hard coats to germinate.  And J.L. Hudson 
recommends giberellic acid.