Soaking seeds before planting is an “old time” gardener’s trick. When you soak seeds before planting, you can significantly decrease the amount of time it takes for a seed to germinate. Take a small bowl and fill it with water from your tap, as hot as your tap will allow. hot tap water is safest for seed soaking. It is recommended that you only soak most seeds for 12-24 hours and no more than 48 hours.