I’m working with some older seeds now myself. I find the germination process is one that requires patience, a delicate touch, and good thoughts. Thinking good thoughts is always the first step! Do not underestimate the power of your thoughts.
Before I begin the germination process I always start by placing the seeds on my altar at home to cleanse any energy attached to the seeds from handling and travel and to familiarize the seeds with my energy. (If you think this is weird, we also put the extra hair we find in our hairbrush outside so the mycelium integrates our DNA in to it’s structure; in this way the land begins to respond to us just as we respond to it creating a more symbiotic relationship.)
1. SCUFFING. Scuff seeds in mason or old camera film canister with 120 grit sandpaper. Shake beans inside jar or canister for 30 to 60 seconds. Be careful not to damage the shells.
1A. SUGAR WATER METHOD. Soak for 8 hours in short glass jar with 2/3 distilled water and 1/3 hydrogen peroxide and a clear quartz crystals. Rinse seeds off with distilled water. In a new jar add 1 teaspoon of organic coconut sugar or organic brown sugar to distilled water, mix really well, add seeds to new jar for 10 to 12 hours. Then place seeds in wet paper towel in a sandwich bag in a warm, dark spot for a few days up to a week.
1B. PINTO BEAN METHOD. Soak for 8 hours hours in short glass jar with 2/3 distilled water and 1/3 hydrogen peroxide and a clear quartz crystals. In a new jar add 1 teaspoon of organic coconut sugar or organic brown sugar to distilled water, mix really well, add seeds to new jar over night or 8 hours max. At the same time fill another tall glass with distilled water and dried pinto beans. The next day separate the pinto beans from the pinto bean juice then add the sugar water seeds to pinto bean water for 12 hours. You should start seeing embryos as the beans are receiving nutrients from the bean juice.
PART 2 Other methods to consider include using organic coconut water instead of rather than distilled water, using kelp rather than hydrogen peroxide, using organic malt grain such as barley instead of coconut sugar, using gibberellic acid instead of hydrogen peroxide.
Germination is largely an enzyme driven process. Don’t give up. Always use organic. Always think good thoughts. The crystals are a powerful tool.
These methods are tried and proven regardless of how out there they sound. Try it.
Comment below if you’ve had success with these methods or have a method your own to share.