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Q.Seedling medium is dry — will they die?

Zone London | 4u537 added on October 8, 2019 | Answered

Hi I’m trying plant some peaches and put it seed in a fridge for cold stratification and the medium dried off for one day until I realised! My question is roughly how long does it really take for the seed to die without moisture or water?
Would one day being dry completely ruin the chance of seeding? Or does re moisturising be ok?
Doesn’t the seed itself contain water to survive for a little while without water? Is so, approx how many day for a peach seed size? Many thanks

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Answered on October 9, 2019

If you have left the outer stone on the seed, then this could take months to fully dry out, since they will take months to soak up enough water to germinate that way.

There is a much faster way, should you choose.

Just wear gloves, as all of the members of the genus, Prunus, will contain prussic acid (Hydrogen cyanide) in the seed once you get the shell off. It will only take a couple of weeks to germinate with the shell off.

This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/peach/planting-peach-seeds.htm

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