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Seed caps

cbgb

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hey 420 !!!!! at what point is it necessary to help remove the seed cap ? i have a lot of grows where i have helped the cap off. i just planted two beans after germinating them via the sponge method . they germed in about 72hrs w/ a root tip about 3/4 -1 inch long ... placed them in soil last night with the seed just under a light coating of soil. they both broke thru the surface overnight and probably grew about 1/4 to 1/2 " i can see the cap is starting to open more. the reason i ask is because last time i helped the cap off i lost 1 of the plants cotyledon leaves (that plant actually did very well ! ) thanks !!!! :thanks: :Namaste:
 

Curly Beaver

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I generally spray a little water on them to soften them up and come back in an hour or so. If they haven't fallen off they can be picked off very easy.
 

cbgb

Active Member
@ curly thanks.... how long should a cap fall off on its own ... i am sure it varies but as a rule of thumb.
 

Curly Beaver

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@ curly thanks.... how long should a cap fall off on its own ... i am sure it varies but as a rule of thumb.
Since having a couple die with the cap on I don't chance it. If they are still on when they pop up, I take them off.
 

cbgb

Active Member
@ curly , thanks for all your help. so two beans germed on a sponge (silver haze), like i always do and like you , i usually always help with the seed cap. yesterday i sprayed the two with a little water and not too long after the cap was easy to remove on one seed.. its cotyledon leaves were green and healthy . the other seed (an unusually small seed btw) no luck ...... so with a little effort i managed to get the cap off but i am afraid i waited too long or took it off too soon ????. the cotyledon leaves on this one are yellow as seen in the photo. my question to you is should i toss it and not waste my time , give it some time or plant another bean. thanks for all your help curly ! :Namaste:
 
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