We want to know if we need to pull out the floating seeds right away when we soak them, or wait for 24/36 hours and then pull out the floaters. We currently have Afghan and Aleppo Pine seeds and have already started to plant; however, it does not make any sense to us that we should wait until the soaking process is over to pull out the floaters, seems like the bad ones would simply absorb water and sink anyway.
Pine Tree Seed Soaking/Scarification
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Yes, the floaters are typically removed, as they are usually not any good. The viable seed generally sink to the bottom. Most of the time seeds are left to soak anywhere from 12-24 hours. This article will help explain: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/seeds/soaking-seeds.htm