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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 seed coat.


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 soaking seeds.

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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