Seed hull stuck on sprout

Hello All,
My strawberry banana auto just spouted but the seed hull is stuck to it hard. I as gently as I could gave it a lil squeeze with some tweezers to try to crack it more. Is there anything I can do to help it? Or am I just facing natural selection and poor fella just aint meant to be? Ive never had one stuck this hard. It Was a straight to soil planting.

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You can spritz a little water or saliva on it, that will soften it up and then very gently use a pair of tweezers to remove the husk.

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I forget who told me this, but put some saliva on it. It has enzymes that will help soften the seed hull.

I was told that this usually happens because the seed was planted too shallow. Can’t confirm, but once it happened to me twice I started making my holes a wee bit deeper.

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Jinx! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

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I’m unsure as to why this seems to be an issue ?
I’m honestly asking because I don’t know …
But I have a stalk on one of my plants so thick …and it was still stuck to it …lol …it caused no harm to anything and I think my interaction with it would have just made it worse



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That helmet is at the very tip of leaf. Dont sweat it. Just gently pick it off. It might even just fall off on it’s own.

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Haha yeah that’s what I let it do …the last pic is what the stalk looks like now …and literally it just fell off the other day …I still don’t think the plant ever noticed

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This is my lil helmet head. Thank you for the wetti g it down advice. I have been trying that. fingers xed

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Looks like a langolier is eating your coty

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Mist a few times with spray bottle , I like to use two toothpicks an spread apart to pop it off.
Good luck :v:

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Lol woah what does that mean ?? Hahahaha sounds scary

Haha ohhh my bad I got ya yeah …I forgot about that movie !

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Ive been spitting on it. It looks like there may be some change. Im not going to give up on her just yet. I will say that I am going to go back to my paper towel germinating technique. I feel this might not have happened if the seed had a good soak.

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Plant them husk down/tail up when tail is short. Haven’t seen a helmet since.

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My little helmet head shed her husk! Thank you to everyone for all the advice. Im excited now I love a good underdog comeback story. Im just trying to get her back to health then gonna water to encourage root growth. Named her Delilah. She is gonna be a scrappy fighter!

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That was a long wait! Good it reinforces the old lesson of patience, I might be more productive if I didnt give up on the stragglers and late-sprouters

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It is an autoflower though. I dont know when their internal clock starts running but I may have lost 4-5 precious days of veg growth. At this point in my experience im happy with pretty much any kind of yield. If struggle and stress do cause thc increases My grows should be potent if nothing else. lol

Extra seeds here, gonna try what @dbrn32 saying, deeper and ‘upside down’ I been thinking by the time they pop outtta the soil they must be just rearin’ to go

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I don’t know if thats how it’s spelled raring whatever like a race horese

Not too deep. Just plant them with short tail, husk down, and gently cover. Being careful not to contaminate of course.

thanks, theyre wet, gonna go for about 3/8 to 1/2 deep with some spare free seeds. Might end up being solo/yogurt cup grows cuz it’s just for practice

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