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Re: HYB: more germination!

Seemed to give slightly better germination rates than I've had with shelling and drying and soaking etc, but I haven't kept as close track of numbers as in the past - waay too many pods.

Sure is the least trouble of any seed management strategy I've tried before - just pick the pod and pop the whole thing into a baggie and into the fridge as soon as pods are mature and starting to split.

Yes, some of the seeds get a bit of goop and there is lots of slime (bacteria) on the decomposing pod after 3 months (which is when I shelled them), but I've always heard that a bit of "life" on the seeds seems to help germination. The pods have pretty much rotted after 3 months in the fridge, so getting the seeds out is a bit nasty. But there's no rush to do them all at once since they go back into the fridge.

<Hey Linda,

I remember you mentioning the unshelled seed experiment... maybe even as far as a big gob of goo in the burrito. How has that progressed...I mean before the recent germination... any other landmarks?

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