Sicyos deppei G. Don (Cucurbitaceae) is an annual weed that disperses dormant seeds. The influence of scarification and light on their germination was studied in the laboratory. Scarified seeds collected in 1987, 6, 7, 8, and 9 mo postharvest, gave high germination both in white light (89 to 100%) and darkness (64 to 96%), in comparison with nonscarified seeds which germinated 7 to 20% in both conditions. Scarified seeds collected in 1989, 3 mo postharvest, germinated higher (52 to 69%) than nonscarified seeds (0 to 5%). Exposure to light did not break dormancy of nonscarified seeds. The reversal of dormancy by scarification describes them as hard seeds. Scarified seeds, 3 mo postharvest, were light indifferent, germinating even in the usually inhibitory condition of far-red light. However, a low proportion of scarified seeds, 6 and 7 mo postharvest, presented a positive photoblastic response and germinated 23 and 36%, respectively.