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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 50

Title:
Natural Seed Dispersal and Its Effects on Germination

Author:
Richard H. Munson

pp: 426-428

Abstract:
Propagators acquiring seed from distant sources are often at a loss for reliable information pertaining to pre-germination treatments and other factors that affect germination. In order to enhance the likelihood of success the propagator must consider all information relating to the natural history of the plant. Although this poster considers only the method of natural seed dispersal the grower should also study the relationship of the plant to other species in the genus with known germination requirements, the natural distribution of the plant, the climate in its native habitat, and any and all literature citations. Knowing the method of natural seed dispersal can be crucial to success. Seed dispersal frequently correlates with the ease or difficulty of seed germination and often provides helpful clues to germination requirements.

The following tables indicate the relative ease of germination based on the means natural dispersal and the relative position of the seed plant within the

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