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    Well, I attempted to remove the seed coat from one seedling, which, despite my carefulness and best intentions, resulted in it being uprooted and having a broken cotyledon. I'm not expecting the best of results. If it survives a couple of weeks, it'll make my day and I'll do the same for the rest (with the hope of not being so brutal next time)!!!

    Perhaps I'll try wetting the seed coats before trying to remove them next time.
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    Aw, that's a bummer Chloroplast. I'm sure you'll do better next time though!

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    Thanks Mitch. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    The good (and surprising) news is that the seedlin's health hasn't visibly deteriorated. Still keeping my fingers crossed.
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    It is natural for the seed coats to remain in contact with the cotyledons after germination. As the seedling grows the seed coats are naturally cast off. I have a number of seedlings kicking along at the moment (and many parent plants grown from seed) and they all began the same way and removed the coats on their own without any help.

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    Thank you for the information; it is similar to what a friend/fellow NECPS member told me and is very useful considering this is my first attempt with gorgonias seedlings. I've been told to do the opposite from two other gorgonias growers, which means 50% of those i've asked say "yes" to coat removal and the other 50% say "no."

    Given the damage done in trying to remove the coat, I think I'll probably refrain from attempting to remove the coats from the other seedlings. Perhaps it is an option for more nimble souls, but my clumsy hands just don't suffice.

    However, through this fiasco, I inadvertently discovered that the seedlings seem to be more resilient to mechanical root/leaf disturbances than I imagined, though the sample size is small (n=1).

    Thanks again for the info. Take care,
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