My experience with bleach is that it will soften the seed casing of hard seeds. The secret is not to leave the seed in the bleach solution too long (a few minutes only) and to rinse them THOROUGHLY after taking out of the bleach solution. Cheers to all Dale ______________________________ Reply Separator _________________________________ Subject: Re: [CH] Question on Growing Author: Robert Farr, Chile Man [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org] at ACT-ALINGA Date: 07/5/98 21:49 Soaking in a bleach solution is good - and bad. The solution - usu. 1 part bleach to nine parts water - will kill bacteria and viruses which might have infected the seed. But it will also retard germination - sometimes severely. Two pieces of advice: buy quality seed; ditch the bleach. Robert.