Magnificent quality plants from seed production
In horticulture, a distinction is made between generative (sexual) propagation via seeds, and vegetative (asexual) propagation via detached plant parts that develop into a complete plant.
Vegetative propagation has been the foundation of horticultural production for decades. Propagation has occured through adventitious plants (small young plants on the flower stalk) such as Echinodorus, and through head cuttings of stem plants. Modern meristem propagation via cell clumps is also a part of vegetative plant propagation.
Aquarium plants from the saltshaker
"Plants from seed production are particularly compact and bushy"
Most aquarium plants are flowering plants such as Alternanthera, Hygrophila, Ludwigia, and Lobelia. For seed formation, mother plants must reach a certain size in order to intensify the flower formation. After harvesting the plants, they are dried until the seeds can be filtered out.
The seeds are tiny, with a level teaspoon providing a sizable amount for production. After 8-12 weeks, depending on the species and season, the plants grow into magnificent, compact aquarium plants.
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