So my preferred method was to do the boiling method. Here’s how we did that.
So the first thing we need to gather together are our instruments. I have an electric kettle, a small glass bowl, and of course the black locust seed that I have collected. I’m just going to turn on my electric kettle, sit back and wait for it to boil. Once it does come to a rolling boil I will take the water and pour it into the small glass bowl.
Now I want to have seven black locusts on my property to ensure that I have good germination, I’m going to plant 14 seeds. So I’m going to take my 14 seeds and put them into the boiling hot water and set them aside for tomorrow.
On the next day, I’ve got a bowl with a sieve to separate out my seeds, I also have a paper towel with three of the original unprocessed seeds that we’re going to use for reference, and the bowl that has been waiting for us overnight. Simply take the bowl with the seeds in it and pour them through the sieve so that you can separate out your seeds, and then pour the seeds onto the paper towel.
Now the purpose of the reference seeds is to see whether or not the hot process worked. If it did work, then the hot water would have deteriorated enough of the shell that the seed itself would have bulged a bit. It would have appeared to grow in size. But as we start comparing these, it didn’t work.
Boiling Method Round 2
So we’re going to up our game and move things over to the stove. I’m going to turn this water onto high and wait for it to come to a rolling boil. Once it comes to a rolling boil make sure that you turn down your temperature to whatever temperature you know your stove will continue to boil water and not over boil.
Then take your seeds and put them directly into the boiling water. We’re going to boil these seeds for 1 minute. So to make sure I get that right I’m going to set myself a timer and then wait for one minute. After the one minute has passed, we’re going to put a lid onto this pot to try to help hold the heat in a little bit better. Turn everything off and go ahead and take the pot off of the heat.
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