Just because I said in some thread or another, that I would follow up on my results, here it is. The deal is...
I love hot peppers, but hate how long it takes for certain seeds to germinate (sometimes over 2 weeks). This often results in a lot of nail biting, and constant checking moisture levels, temps etc...So the thinking here was that many varieties of hot peppers evolved and proliferated mainly due to birds. Birds, not having taste buds that react to the capsaicinoids that make peppers spicy, eat them along with the seeds. The pepper gets digested in the acidic environment of the birds stomach, while the seeds only get 'softened up'. This softening up of the seeds hard outer shell should let it germinate quicker when it exists the bird and falls to the ground.
So...I took 24 germinating cells and 32 Habenero seeds, soaked 16 seeds in a jar of acidic water (pH 4.8 or so) for about 7-8 hours and planted them all in the same medium at the same time as the non soaked seeds. Temps and everything else was the same as well (within the best of my abilities). I was being a wimp with the pH and next time I do this will bring the pH closer to 3.0 or so...but it turns out that the soaked seeds came up first anyways 3:0 then 7:3 then 10:6. The results weren't drastic or anything, but still... (and neither was my pH low enough, so I'll be doing this again).
4 of the 12 cells on each side have 2 seeds planted, while the remainder all have 1 seed each.
The 2 rows on the left are the 'acid seeds'...