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dona luna
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Hi folks!

I just got some seeds in the mail the other day for Sea Kale. I am super excited to move towards a more perennial garden and just discovered it! I've been doing some research and a bunch of folks say that I ned to crack the pericarp on the shell and then plant, which will help the germination rate.

Does anyone have tips as to how to do this? One site mentioned wire cutters, but I don't have any...though if that is the last resort I can find some.

Another site said also to soak the seeds in salt water. Has anyone tried this? Is this with or without the pericarp?

Any advice would be great! I don't have that many seeds and want a good germination rate!

Thanks
 
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If the seeds have a corky shell on them, then germination is better if the shell is removed first. Things like scissors, pliers, or fingernail clippers may work.
 
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Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
If the seeds have a corky shell on them, then germination is better if the shell is removed first. Things like scissors, pliers, or fingernail clippers may work.


Great thanks. I will do that. Has anyone removed the shell AND do a soak in salt water before planting? If so, were the germination rates better?
 
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