I just got an email on safely nicking hard seed coats from a perceptive reader of our blog. I mentioned in my previous Moonflower blog that particularly hard seed coats need to be nicked and/or soaked before planting. I thought I’d share this reader’s very helpful tip. She writes:
“A quick and easy way to safely nick the seeds is to use a small wire cutter,usually available at craft stores. Nick the seed coat near the pointed end of the seed. All you have to do is scrape off the superficial layer! I am an orthopedic surgeon and have performed many a finger tendon repair when people use knives for the wrong purpose, so when I saw how hard it was to cut these seeds, I knew I had to come up with an easier way! Good luck. I love moonflowers, too, and I always plant them too late….”
I’m glad I’m not the only one starting them late – but I’m even more happy to have received this important safety tip from an orthopedic surgeon! Thanks so much, Nancy!