I posted the following in the seed starting forum and got just about what I expected from the flower people there.
Recently I came across a method of starting old spinach seed which recommended soaking the seed for 24 hours in a jar of cold water placed in the refrigerator for 24 hours; then drying the seed for 48 hours; and then packaging the seed and placing the seed back in the refrigerator for up to a week before sowing. I tried this with some old spinach seed I had and was surprised to see all the seed germinate within three days. I also tried this method with some hard to start Maui pepper seeds and after one week I have my first sprouted seedling which is about a week earlier than expected. I have some Jade green beans which did not sprout last season and some four year old saved sugar peas to experiment with next. Now approacking the second week I have about half the Maui pepper seed spouted. I am wondering if others here have tried this cold water method for old seed sprouting.
Has anyone tried sprouting any veggie seeds using this or a similar method?