Seed Germination: Three Most Important Factors?

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Germination- Germination is when seeds are spread/blown somewhere else and grow into new plants or when a seed is planted by someone in the ground. Although there are many important factors that are involved in seed germination the three most important ones are water, sunlight, and temperature. Plants are not able to germinate if the seed is watered too much or too little. Plants are not capable to grow food from sunlight when they are seeds, so the seed will use other things, such as water, to help it grow food. When a plant is watered too much it is not able to grow because the water will cause the plant to not have enough oxygen in order to grow and produce food. The next key factor in germination is temperature. There are some seeds that …show more content…
Seeds can only germinate if they are alive. There are three things that will affect the seed and can cause it to die. The three things include age, type, and storage condition. All seeds will stay alive for the first year after you buy them and most will still be alive after two years. After about the first year of purchasing the seeds the germination rate for the old seeds will start to decrease. The next thing that will affect if the expired seeds will germinate is the type of seeds. The different kind of seeds can affect the germination because some seeds, such as corn and peppers, can only stay alive for about two years. Other seeds, such as beans and carrots, can stay alive for about four years. There also are seeds that can stay alive for up to six years, such as cucumbers and lettuce. The seeds that stay alive for the longest are tomatoes and watermelons. They can stay alive for up to ten years at the most. The last major factor affecting seed germination is storage condition. Old vegetable seeds will have a higher chance of germinating if they are stored well. Seeds will stay alive much longer if they are stored in a cool, dark, and dry place. The seeds need to be stored in a dry place because the moisture can cause the seeds to grow mold on them. Placing seeds in a storage container will also help prevent mold growth. Another way to help keep seeds alive is to store them in the refrigerator. This will help keep the seeds used during the winter months cool during the summer months. A way to help save the old seeds is to wait until the seeds are full grown before harvesting them. This is a way to help save old seeds because harvesting seeds too early will cause the seeds to lack the ability to become new plants the way they are supposed to be. Even brand new seeds that are alive still may not germinate if the soil is not kept at the right temperature, the

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