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10 Seed Secrets
To seed or not to seed? In this post you can learn the ten facts about seeds that may surprise you.
- A seed is the reproductive mechanism of a flowering plant.
- All seeds contain an embryo plant, and a food source that helps the embryo become established and begin feeding itself through photosynthesis.
- A seed is a living, breathing organism.
- A few kinds of seed (corn, onion, leek, chives and parsnip) are only considered dependable for 2 years. Others (cabbage, chicory, endive, cucumber, squash and tomato) may last as long as 6 to 8 years.
- If the perfect conditions are met, seeds can live much longer. In Israel, scientists grew a date palm from a 2,000-year-old seed found during archeological excavations on Mount Masada.
- If a seed has access to water, it will take in the water and begin the process of germination.
- Seeds may be carried away from the parent plant by wind, water, or animals.
- The strawberry is a “false fruit”, covered with tiny fruits on the outside surface. Each of these tiny fruits has a seed.
- The largest known seed belongs to the double coconut, or coco de mer. This seed can weigh up to 44lbs. It is found wild only in the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean.
- Desert Raisins are an Australian bush that produces fruit that resembles raisins, although the taste is pungent with a hint of caramel. The seeds of this bush require smoke from a fire in order for their seeds to germinate.