seed germination and fertilizer
bae at oci.utoronto.ca
Wed Feb 1 18:07:08 EST 1995
In article <3gm9hv$777 at newsbf02.news.aol.com> cheesenips at aol.com (CheeseNips) writes:
>hello! I am trying to help a student determine if there is any
>difference in seed germination when fertilizer is used. If anyone can
>help, it would be greatly appreciated. It is science project time.
Pepper (capsicum) seeds are alleged to have faster and better germination
if soaked briefly in a potassium nitrate solution. One idea is that wild
peppers are often eaten by birds and the seeds deposited in a bit of guano,
and the plants are adapted to that.
Your student might want to compare several unrelated species to see which
benefit from a KNO3 soak, and whether this correlates with whether the seed
is borne in a bird-attracting fruit.
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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