The situation is as follows.
I am using the "petri dish" method of germinating chilli (pepper) seeds. It is just a takeout container + paper towel + water. The seed is sitting on the paper, not covered by paper. The lid is also used.
The container is left in darkness. Temperature is already controlled.
Once the seed germinates, I wait (while the container is still in darkness) until the shoot is standing with its cotyledons. It is at this point I remove the plant with tweezers and carefully plant it in to soil, in the greenhouse.
My question is: Will wetting the paper towel with chemical fertiliser instead of water, have any effect on the plant while it is in darkness?
I ask because I think the plant needs light to use the nutrients in the chemical-liquid fertiliser.
Secondary question despite the answer of the previous; Is there something to promote growth which works in darkness other than water or fertiliser.
I wanted to ask before actually going through some tests of my own in case someone can answer it, saving me the effort. Google searching did not reveal much to me either.
I am aware of the chamomile tea soak method