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How to Make Sure Your Plant Seeds Are High Quality

Written by Amir Tajer

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Posted on January 06 2022

Gardening can be a great way to spend your free time and many people report it to be a stress-reducing activity.

Plants give homes and gardens a signature lively look and create a comfortable atmosphere.

You might be considering planting some new plants and are wondering where to start when it comes to seeds.

What is a Seed?

Seeds being planted in soil

Seeds are available in a variety of sizes and forms.

They range in size from the micro-miniature orchid seed, which is as little as a speck of dust, to the massive double coconut seed, which is over a foot long and weighs hundreds of pounds.

From the simple, round tobacco seed to the complicated, aerodynamic, winged maple seed, there are a variety of shapes to choose from.

We all know that a seed is what makes a plant grow, but what actually is it?

A seed is basically the embryonic stage of the plant life cycle. Most seeds consist of three layers: the embryo, the endosperm, and the seed coat.

  • The Embryo. This is a very small plant with roots, a stem, and leaves.
  • The Endosperm. This is the nutritious tissue inside a seed.
  • The Seed Coating. This is the protective outer layer that ensures that a seed can be viable for a long period of time.

Why Does Seed Quality Matter?

Starter seed sprouting

The quality of the seed will determine the plant quality and population.

With high-quality seeds, the plants are more likely to grow uniformly, without deformities, and birth lush leaves.

Plants from higher quality seeds also respond better to fertilizers and grow more strongly.

Unless you're confident that you're seeds are of high quality, you could end up wasting a lot of unnecessary time trying to nourish a plant that is destined for failure.

How to Tell if Seeds are Good Quality

So, you might be into gardening but are not necessarily an agricultural pro.

Luckily, knowing whether a seed is of good quality isn't all that complicated.

Keeping a few simple concepts in mind when selecting your seeds will make a world of difference.

Color

Person holding tan seeds in hands

White or green seeds are almost always poor seeds. Stripes and the hues gray, brown, or black should be on your radar.

Surface

Brown plant seeds in a green envelope

When you shine a light on high-quality seeds, they have a lustrous covering that catches the light. This layer might be described as waxy in appearance.

Good seeds aren't fragile in the way that causes them to fracture. They should have a sturdy and smooth appearance.

Symmetry and Shape

Different plant seeds lined up side by side

Poor quality or immaturity is indicated by a deformed or uneven shape. Look for seeds with symmetry and teardrop shapes.

Last Thoughts

Gardening is a wonderful way to spend time, relax, and improve your home decor with plant life.

However, without good seeds, you could end up wasting time and being more frustrated than relaxed.

In general, you can always tell whether seeds are good by paying attention to shape, color, and surface.

If you're interested in reading about topics like this visit our blog. To give your seeds a boost in nutrients, visit our shop to select the proper fertilizer for your needs.

 

 

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