Seed Age and Germination
Name: Lucci L.
Date: Sunday, April 21, 2002
Are there any information on the
effect of age of seed on its germination?
A general statement can be made that percentage of
germination or percentage of viable seeds drops over
time. As seeds age, a certain percentage will die and
therefore will not germinate. There are statistics
available per tree species what the likely germination
percentage will be; there may be comparable data for
other plant species. Naturally, this percentage can
also be influenced by the environment of the seeds.
If they are exposed to molds, for example, a greater
percentage of the seed can become non-viable through
disease; excessive heat or cold or an extremely dry
surrounding can also cause the germinatable percentage
to fall below what would normally be expected for a
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The following might be helpful:
Also you could search www.google.com for "seed age effects germination
viability" for various studies.
Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.
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