1. CUP OF WATER method: Drop the seeds into a cup of distilled water, and put the cup in the dark, and wait.
2. PAPER TOWELS method. Place the seeds between damp layers of paper towels (but not too wet), and put them in a zip lock bag or between two plates, and wait.
There seems to be a contradiction between the two methods. The paper towel method claims the towels should be damp but not soaking wet, which implies that the seeds might get waterlogged (or not able to get oxygen if you make the towels too wet).
The cup of water method puts the seeds completely underwater and hasn't the least concern for too much water. In fact, the people who use this method say that the seeds should sink to the bottom of the cup after a few hours, implying that the seeds floating on the surface aren't going to germinate.
Both methods work, but the question is, which one works the best to insure germination?
Any thoughts, theories about why one should work better than another? What's your experience? Are there any other methods that work even better?
IMPORTANT: I'm not asking which method you use, I'm asking WHY you use the method, and why do you think it works better than another method.
Edited by proteus, 19 January 2009 - 01:30 AM.