24 hour water soak or wet paper towel method?
How do you pH ro, lol.
Personally I soak my seeds until they sink and then I plant them in clean potting media (pref a seedling mix). I use this method when I’m not too worried about getting 100% germ rates.
Papertowel method works well for me too but I don’t like to disturb the seed once the root has sprouted. It is a cost-effective way to get good germination rates but requires a steady hand so as not to damage the tap root.
The way I get the most success with germination is Rapid Rooter plugs. It costs more than the other methods but imo is easier. I soak plugs in mycos/lacto/water and squeeze them out before use (roots need air). I use the trick where you skewer the bottom of the rapid rooter plug with a match stick and plant 2 seed lengths deep. This is supposed to ensure good contact between the plug and the seed.
I don’t think you have to, but I like to soak the seeds for 4-8 hours before I plant. 4-8 hours is the average time my seeds take to sink.