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why do cotyledons get stuck in the seed pod?

Posted by michelelc 6B, MA (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 13, 12 at 14:14

It seems like more of my pepper seedling cotyledons got stuck in the seed pod this year than last. Did I put the seeds in the soil too deep? Not deep enough? Is the quality of the seeds poor? I'm not sure if I did something wrong this year. I didn't try to take it off myself, as it's my understanding this is bad to do?

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RE: why do cotyledons get stuck in the seed pod?

You did nothing wrong & the seed are not of poor quality.
Its a charistic of some seed & plain old physics just go ahead & remove seed coat or just let the cotyledons expand & the seed coat will fall off .....

RE: why do cotyledons get stuck in the seed pod?

Not deep enough can contribute to it but isn't the cause. Too dry soil can also contribute. Mostly, it just happens.

In most cases they will fall off on their own. Trying to pull it off usually damages the cotyledons. Some spritz them with water to soften them up. But what works best is saliva - spit - on your fingers and dab it one. The enzymes in saliva dissolve it.


RE: why do cotyledons get stuck in the seed pod?


RE: why do cotyledons get stuck in the seed pod?

For me it occasionally happens because the dry ambient air causes some of the tomato and pepper seed shells to dry and harden before they have a chance to fall off. They annoy me so I remove them. Don't pull or tug them. Carefully using a small needle-nose pliers to gently squeeze the shell on the ends causes them to expand like a clam shell and pop off. Easy to do although not absolutely necessary, but I like to give the babies their best chance at success.

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