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need help ASAP! In the middle of prepping seeds for sowing

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    Default need help ASAP! In the middle of prepping seeds for sowing

    What does it mean when the seeds are not settling to the bottom of the sugar water soak?
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    you may add a tiny little drop of detergent to help them "sink". turning the bottle upside down intermittently may help them to sink but they usually sink by 4 yo 6 hours.

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    but i do have experience with some seeds that just do not sink! i am not sure if those seeds are non viable or just by coincidence, i just happens to have ONE germination out of the hundreds.

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    Thanks.. they did sink. Today I sow them =)

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    That was the correct advice. A surfactant helps break the surface tension and wet the seed so it can sink. If it still didn't sink there is a good chance it is empty chaff with no viable embryos.

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