Presoaking seeds for faster germination...
My name is Amy. I live in Boyne City Michigan; Boyne City is in the northern part of the lower peninsula. My gardening zone is 4.
I've heard that if you presoak seeds in water for a certain length of time this will make whatever you're growing germinate faster as opposed to if you didn't soak the seed.
To my knowledge seeds that make good candidates for presoaking are seeds that are large in size; I know that seeds that have a large size produce large seedlings (generally the bigger seed, the bigger the mature plant will be, at least this is what I've been told).
The seeds I think would be good for presoaking based upon this rule-of-thumb are these:
*snap peas (sugar and/or snow)
I know that smaller seed varieties probably won't work because if you were to try and presoak them they'd probably just crumble apart due to their small size.
I do have a few questions about presoaking seeds. What is the minimum length of time they should be presoaked for? What is the maximum amount of time they should be presoaked for? What should the temperature of the soaking water be? Warm? Cool? Room Temperature? Should you use a solution of water and bleach as the soaking solution as a way of "sterilizing" the seeds that are being presoaked? If so,
what is the ratio of bleach to water I should use?
Does presoaking seeds make them more vulnerable to disease and problems once they're planted?