Seed Propagation

Definition - What does Seed Propagation mean?

Seed propagation is the method of plant propagation (multiplying, reproducing, or breeding new plants) that is done through the use of seeds. Plants that produce seeds are called spermatophytes.

Seeds are made up of three separate parts, and when a seed matures in an optimal environment, it will germinate and actively grow. Seed propagation occurs naturally, but can be done intentionally by gardeners and farmers.

MaximumYield explains Seed Propagation

Seed propagation is how many plants naturally reproduce. Additionally, farmers and gardeners can take advantage of seed propagation by obtaining seeds from plants they wish to propagate or grow. Many gardeners will often save and grow ornamental plants and crops from seeds, especially if the plant has many desirable characteristics. This is because seeds carry the genetic information of the parent plant, and will therefore retain many of the same characteristics of the parent plant.

In seed propagation, seeds can be germinated and planted in individual containers or starter plugs until they form seedlings. These seedlings can then be transferred to larger containers, or planted in beds or fields. In addition, seeds can be sown directly into the ground and allowed to grow. Additionally, seeds can be gathered from parent plants, or they can be purchased at many different retailers.

As an alternative to seed propagation, gardeners can also propagate plants via plant cuttings (taking clones), grafting, or plant tissues, depending in their skillset, range of equipment they have available, and the plants they are wishing to propagate.

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