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Old March 18, 2020   #32
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Central MN, USDA Zone 3
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Further report: I now have 3 more Heshpoles from the nitrate soak that are shedding their seed coats, but the bleached one couldn't get its hat off and looks dead.

One Faribo Gold from 2/27 came out to play; 19 days at 80 degrees. None (yet from the nitrate soak).

I threw away 50 dead seeds of Djena Lee that are about 18 years of age. Most were spitting out squishy innards. No bleach
Nothing on the Orange Russian either.

The Lycoprea is germinating at about 10%...bleached, hydro peroxide then rinse with molasses and water, and nitrate soak...all the same.

Early conclusion? Bleach kills mold and fungus, may have some effect on degrading seed coat, and speeds up emergence...sometimes. But performance is "iffy" and certainly cant bring back seeds that are over the edge.
a day without fresh homegrown tomatoes is like... ...sigh
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