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 !!!!