If the method works, why can't it be applied immediately after fermenting before drying and saving seed?
Ted, I have no scientific data to explain their suggestions for planting the seeds soon after the treatment, but purely by observation while utilizing this method, I can come up with the following:
Once the seeds are treated with bleach, seed shell becomes very very soft/pliable. And if planted immediately following the treatment, moist soil/soil-less mix keeps the seed shell soft, allowing the actual seedling to break free of this shell (once awaken). If treated seeds allowed to get dry again, the seed shell become dry and tough again, and germination probably would take almost as long as the seeds "not treated". Just a thought, but open to any suggestions...
Of the seven, only the Cuostralee is having a difficult time germinating. The seed has been planted now for fourteen days... I'm wondering if my vendor may have acquired some old seed from a different vendor to fill my order...
While 14 days is non unheard of, at this point, I think I would definitely take a different venue, just as a back up plan. And if those first seeds germinate in few days - so be it a surprise. Most of the fresh, home grown seeds I'm use to seeing germination in 3-5 days (seven max, and mostly from commercial sources)... Anything longer - I become "impatient" =)
The seed that drops is viable. Will the method work with tomato seed?
Ted, many say that it does work, but what I've noticed, once tomato seeds are dry, and introduced into a liquid - non treated seeds with plenty of fuzz on the tend to stay afloat for a while. With this bleaching method - no exception. But after 30 min of treatment, most seeds indeed sink to the bottom. But in addition, you can clearly see through semi-transparent skin of the seeds, which ones are full, and which are "blanks"
Good luck with your new batch, please let us know how it works for you! All the difficult to germinate varieties for me I've treated with bleach, and have germination on the second try (which makes me happy).