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Cultivar

Last updated: January 23, 2017

What Does Cultivar Mean?

A cultivar is a plant or group of plants that have been selected from a naturally occurring species and bred to enhance or maintain a particular set of desirable characteristics. These plants almost always originate from human cultivation, propagated through cutting or grafting, and often cannot be grown from seeds from the original plant.

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Maximum Yield Explains Cultivar

The term cultivar was created by the botanist Liberty Hyde Bailey as a combination of the words cultivated and variety. Although the term variety is sometimes used interchangeably with cultivar, a variety is different because it can be obtained from a seed and will maintain the characteristics of the original plant. However, a seed from the original plant of a cultivar may be very different and maintain no similar characteristics.

Most cultivars are food crops or ornamental plants. Many ornamental plants, such as roses and azaleas, are cultivated to enhance a particular flower shape, size, or color. In edible plants, desirable characteristics include abundant yield, pleasant taste, and resistance to disease.

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