Seed Starting Tips - Nicking Seeds
Nicking seeds is the process of opening the seed coat, or seed "jacket",
prior to planting them.
This process makes it easier for water to penetrate the seed coat, and reach
the seed germ inside. Water penetration is one essential ingredient to begin
the seed sprouting process.
Nicking seeds is common with large seeds, and seeds with a thick or hard
How to Nick Seeds
It's simple, but tedious task.
Take a knife and cut or nick each seed. Just a small opening is all that
is needed. Be careful not to cut deeply into the seed germ inside, as your
can damage it.
Be careful! Nicking seeds can easily lead to cut fingers and hands.
Nicking seeds is often performed in conjunction with
An alternative to nicking seeds, is to lightly sand a spot on the seed coat,
to expose the seed germ inside. It's safer than nicking them.
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