I'm not sure I agree, but you are the one running the trials/experiments so this is just my 2 cents. In the natural conditions rain has a play in it. For example I have a lot of stuff pop up in my yard after a few days of good rain and I mean a lot of sprouts both good and bad. In the winter even the weeds die here, lol. For example I've grown 3 papaya trees because the seed were deposited by a passing racoon and with the right rain conditions bam, they sprouted. I could give you other examples I've noted around the yard but think one should suffice.
Appreciated, but how did the Raccoon deposit them? Of the three methods I've chosen to try, the most natural I believe is the in the ground and watered, as opposed to scarified manually and wrapped in paper towels or manually soaked in vinegar. Please understand, I do value your input and I am not trying to diminish your idea, as It is valid and I have considered it and looked at what I was looking for as far as results, but I believe the paper towel method is essentially soaking it in water for the purposes of this experiment. No need to qualify your statements with "it is your experiment". I value all input to try to keep everything as accurate as possible. The three most common methods generally are right into the soil, the paper towel and soaking overnight in some solution, usually some mix of water and H2o2 or salt peter, as I have just read. Perhaps a straight water soak should be a fourth example? I'll have to check my seed supply and see if I may have enough for thisspamease continue to add your input as I really do value it. I am not a scientist by training, just someone who likes to see how stuff works, and if I get answers that help me or others get better results, then that's a big bonus. I hope to have a discussion after as to people's theories why something may have worked better. That just leads to more experiments and better results.
This is a follow for sure. I have little input as I am a novice and have little scientific experience (Paralegal by nature ) But science fascinates me and I will be taking notes as well.
You don't need to be a Botanist to add input, just have a keen eye for my screw ups!
So to clarify as of right now:I will be testing the controversial HP22B Carolina Reaper germinating times using different methods. I will be comparing it to other superhot varieties namely 7 pot Jonah, Butch T, Ghost, regular 7 pot, Primo, and Dorset Naga. I will compare germination rates of each variety to the Reaper specifically, but to each other generally. All varieties will undergo the same pre planting methods. The result will be to see which variety sprouts faster, and using what germinating method. I will use three seeds of each variety per method. And there will be pretty, colorful graphs illustrating the data.
Three methods of starting:
1. overnight vinegar soak to simulate stomache acid effect on seed shell. After soak, right into the dirt.
2. brief scarifying (okay, is that even a word?) seed edge against matchbook starter to breakdown seed shell, then overnight soak in warm damp paper towel, then into dirt.(sprouted or not)
3. remove seed from package, drop into dirt.
Possibly a fourth straight water soak, but my 72 seed starter pack is conveniently separated into groups of nine, so a fourth cup might throw off my lowest common denominator and then I'd have to do more math, and my head already hurts.
Hypothesis: First to hook will be scarified, as I suspect it is the biggest breakdown of the seed shell and the best chance of water soaking into the seed to start the scientifically labeled "growy reaction". Second to sprout will be the vinegar as I suspect the acid will breakdown the shell enough to allow water from the soil to get in faster than a non treated seed after planting.All seeds will be put in the dirt on the same day. to the same depth. What's the consensus on that, 1/4 inch? 1/2 inch?Experiment begins last week of January, whenever my weekend days off fall.
Edited by Pepperhead, 09 January 2013 - 10:11 PM.