Bleached Okra and Blue Corn….
This year I decided to add some okra to mix; “Clemson Spineless” was the type selected.
(Hmm. Spineless… Clemson…. funny word association don’t your think Mr C?)
I had read some complaints about slow germination, a week or two even. When I saw the hard little seeds it didn’t surprise me as much.
In Walter Reeves’ “Guide to Georgia Vegetable Gardening”, he wrote of a strange sounding “old timer’s” trick to get reliable germination within 24 hours:
Soak the seeds in pure chlorine bleach for exactly 5 minutes, no more, no less.
Rinse in clean water exactly 3 times.
It sounded like pure BS to me, so naturally I had to try it.
Damned if it didn’t work- they had all germinated by the next evening.
I followed the directions above with a pinch of seeds and planted them. I didn’t want 2 dozen plants, just a handful in the tiny patch I scratched out near the fence. However, I figured the bleach would ruin most of them so that’s about how many total I planted in a space that should only hold a couple or four plants.
OK guys, the weakest three of you in each spot get thinned in a few days:
Last year I ordered some heirloom mini corn – “Blue Jade” from Seed Savers Exchange
I had poor germination and the experiment was a failure. I found a second package of these from last year and figured I had nothing to lose. After soaking them for an hour or so I planted them-
After a year on the shelf, nearly 100% germination a couple days later.
These weren’t stored under any particularly good conditions either. Go figure.