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does bigger seed = more vigorous seedling?

Posted by hairmetal4ever Z7 MD (My Page) on
Mon, Dec 16, 13 at 10:51

My question is specifically for large-seeded plants, esp nut trees like oak, chestnut, buckeye, etc, but I presume can be applied to any plant.

Do the largest healthy seeds in a particular seed lot generally yield the fastest growing, largest, and most vigorous plants?

I bought some acorns and there is about a 50% variance in size from smallest to largest. I'm wondering if these larger nuts are the ones I should focus on.


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RE: does bigger seed = more vigorous seedling?

First, "largest" does not necessarily equal "healthiest". Nothing but a very marginal correlation has ever been established.

Same holds true for size of the seed. Vigor of the seedling is equally dependent on the DNA of the seed and the growing conditions provided. Smaller seeds can have superior DNA definition over larger seeds just as easily as the reverse. It is the conditions provided that will make all the difference.

Dave


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RE: does bigger seed = more vigorous seedling?

Given the choice of seeds, I would choose the larger more uniform in shape to plant. The stored energy in the seed provide the cotyledons or seed leaves as well as the radicle or root. Once germinated and initial root and seed leaves produced, and able to feed the seedling, then the DNA or basic vigor of the species is paramount, in my opinion. Al


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