I try to germinate stone fruits often in the fridge, inside a bag of peat moss. When I prepare the peat medium I wet it with rain water, but often the seeds/kernels rotten. I was wondering if I could soak the seeds in 10% bleach solution or even use the same solution to wet the peat moss instead of rain water. Could the bleach at that concentration hurt the germination?


Peat and rain water are not sterile, so anything which can grow at the fridge temperature (including moulds) will do so.

While the seeds/kernels are cold they are dormant, so they don't need water. Try just sealing them "dry" in a plastic bag.

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    I believe he is trying to sprout them in the refrigerator. – blacksmith37 Dec 22 '20 at 19:58
  • Indeed @blacksmith37, I'm trying to germinate seeds that require some cold stratification. – ammoun Jan 9 at 19:57

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