|From top, Shellbark Hickory nut, typical Shagbark Hickory nut, US quarter for size reference.|
Many seeds require pretreatment to convince them it is safe to sprout. I subscribe to the 24 hour soak with multiple changes of water, then store below 50F for three months school of thought. That seems to break down the dormancy of most seeds. A few seeds are oddballs, like Black Locust. Black Locust is a pioneer species that is activated by fires. It has a seedcoat that is virtually waterproof. I kid you not, the way to activate Black Locust seeds is to pitch them into boiling water and stir them for 30 seconds, then add tap water until it is tepid.
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I suggested that he start selling them on eBay. Sellers are asking a dollar a nut. He is considering the idea.