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Seeds are fertilized ovules that contain young plant embryos and stored food (endosperm) encased in a protective outer coating. The coating protects the seed from cold, drought, and fire. Depending on their species, seeds are able to lie dormant for one year or for many years, until conditions are suitable for germination. Seeds are small, inexpensive, and easy to package and transport. They can be purchased online or locally, stored until the approach of the growing season, then planted, watered, and allowed to germinate and grow. Many unusual plant species can be propagated and cultivated by a gardener who is prepared to invest time in sowing seeds and caring for seedlings.
Seeds may be hybrid or open-pollinated. Hybrid seeds are produced by breeding dissimilar parent plants in order to combine specific plant characteristics. These seeds produce nearly identical plants. Open-pollinated seeds produce plants that are similar, but not identical.
Most seeds need some early care in order to germinate successfully, but the length and type of nurturing varies between species. Some seeds, such as zinnias and radishes, sprout within a few days, while others, such as perennials and trees, can take several months to germinate. Tiny seeds such as petunias and poppies are sowed on the surface, or near the surface, of the soil. Larger seeds, which contain more endosperm, may be sowed deeper in the soil.
While most seed catalog firms stock a sufficient quantity of seeds, it is always a good idea for the gardener to place his order early. Some seed catalogs offer early bird discounts and free seeds to gardeners who place their orders before the springtime rush. When buying seeds for your garden, be sure to select quality seeds from reputable suppliers.
The SeedCatalogs.us directory features several popular seed catalogs that offer an extensive selection of flower seeds, vegetable seeds, and plant nursery items. Some types of seed, primarily sunflower seeds and millet seeds, are attractive bird feeds, and are often used in backyard birdfeeders. For your convenience, the directory also features two bird seed suppliers.
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