Soak tree/shrub seeds before sowing: brackish/saline wetlands
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Soaking seeds in water before sowing could increase germination speed and percentages, although the effect may vary between species (Marty & Kettenring 2017). This action involves soaking in water at near-ambient temperatures; other actions consider soaking in chilled or heated water.
To be summarized as evidence for this action, studies must have explicitly compared the performance of treated and untreated seeds. Studies that simply report the performance of treated seeds are not summarized here. Studies do not have to be in flooded/saturated soils, as long as they involve wetland-characteristic species.
Related actions: Soak vegetation before planting; Chill seeds before sowing; Heat seeds before sowing; Expose seeds to light before sowing; Physically damage seeds before sowing; Treat seeds with chemicals before sowing.
Marty J.E. & Kettenring K.M. (2017) Seed dormancy break and germination for restoration of three globally important wetland bulrushes. Ecological Restoration, 35, 138–147.