How to Nick Seeds

Nicking seeds removes the outer coat of the seed to help speed up the germinating process.

You will need

  • Seeds
  • Sharp knife
  • Razor blade
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Sandpaper
  • Bowls
  • Water
  • Sulfuric acid (optional)

Step 1 Use sharp knife Use a sharp knife, razor blade, or small nail clippers to nick the outer coat.

Step 2 Rub seed Rub the seed with a nail file or sandpaper.

Step 3 Soak in water Soak the seed in water prior to planting.

Step 4 Remove when swells Remove the seed from the water when the seed swells. Then remove the outer shell with your hand.

Step 5 Plant Plant the seeds according to package directions when the outer shell is off.