Have you ever tinkered with citric acid and germination?

albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)January 26, 2014

On a food network show someone talked of adding citric acid solution when sprouting seed to eat. It wasn't clear if they did it to aid germination or as a preservative after germination. I suspect it was a preservative after the fact. Just curious. Are you familiar with any uses for citric acid?

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Yes citric acid can be used to help seeds germinate. Some seeds have a very tough seed coat and using citric acid on those kinds of seeds can help soften the seed coats in some cases.

I have not used for seed germination it but I do have some citric acid for cooking purposes.

Here's a link to a site that discusses soaking juniper seeds in citric acid:




    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 11:10AM
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