Original Articles

Osmoconditioning of seeds of sweet pepper (Capsicum annuum L.)

Published in: South African Journal of Plant and Soil
Volume 2, issue 3, 1985 , pages: 161–163
DOI: 10.1080/02571862.1985.10634159
Author(s): H.A. van de VenterMagaretha Mes Institute for Seed Research,, Rentia HoffmanMagaretha Mes Institute for Seed Research,

Abstract

Germination rate of seeds of sweet pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) cv. Florida Resistant Giant was increased significantly at both 15 °C and 25 °C after osmotic priming for 10 days at 15 °C in solutions of polyethylene glycol. Post-treatment drying of the seeds had little effect on subsequent germination rate at 25 °C. The germination rate was, however, depressed at 15 °C. Cold-priming the seeds at 15 °C for 10 days resulted in a germination rate at 25 °C which compared well to that of osmotic priming treatments.

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