Does Soaking Seeds Speed Germination? || Black Gumbo


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You have always heard that soaking hard seeds before sowing and planting a vegetable crop speeds up sprouting. Is it true? Do you have to do it?

In this video, Sam and I set up a little experiment with our okra seeds and we’re going to see if soaking seeds in water for 24 hours actually speeds up the germination process. We suspect it does, now we have definitive experience. While not 100% scientific, its a good enough test case to answer our questions.

We begin with three varieties of red okra, plant 4 sets of dry seed and 4 sets of soaked seed per variety. We then waited and I’ll share with you the results.


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