Identification: Goo on seeds

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    Reggie rogerer New Member

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    I'm sorry I don't have a photo but, I bought a packet of delonix regia seeds and soaked them for a day in warm water to get them ready for planting. When I took them out, they we're all stuck together in a big clump of goo.... What's going on with my seeds?
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Renowned Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Mucilaginous seed coat.

    If you have access, you can read more here: Mucilaginous Seed Coats on JSTOR
     
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    Being in Fabaceae, I'd easily believe this to be normal. Not that everything bean related would, but there are a whole bunch of seeds out there other than chia, which is a member of a different family, that will produce that kind of gel. Just spread them out a bit, perhaps on a bit of paper, to separate them enough for planting. Think of it as a protection for the seed, keeping it hydrated and lessening the chance of being eaten by a bird.

    Edit to add: Daniel's response wasn't up yet when I started writing... Fascinating link.
     
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    Thanks a lot friends!
     

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