Post by littleminnie on Aug 30, 2013 22:21:19 GMT -5
I split some watermelons and ate and saved the seed. I put them in water like any other seed but few are sinking. Maybe they just need rinsing? I just can't believe all the floaters are no good. The melon was quite ripe. It was Orangeglo. Those things split when you set them down 4 inches from the ground. The other melons don't do that. Anyway I can't remember if I had just rinsed watermelon seed before or done it like tomatoes.
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The float test isn't always as dependable for melons as it is for tomatoes and cucumbers. Crack a couple open and check the cotyledons and embryo. As long as they're fully developed, I'd save them and just do a germ test on a dozen or so later to be sure. I've seen watermelon and muskmelon seeds both do that before, usually in varieties with larger seeds and tougher coats. Dunno what causes it.
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I've noticed watermelon seeds often have a coating of some kind on them that doesn't really wash off, and which often traps a little air bubble. Many of the floaters I've pulled out from my watermelon seed that looked perfectly good had this little bubble. Haven't really tested them yet, but I'm guessing they're fine.
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