SEED: A ripened ovule consisting of a dormant plant (embryo) in miniature that bridges the gap between generations.
EMBRYO: The container for life which includes the plumule, radicle, and cotyledons.
PLUMILE: The primary bud of a plant embryo usually situated at the apex of the hypocotyl and consisting of leaves and an epicotyl.
RADICLE: The embryonic root of a seedling
COTYLEDONS: The first leaf or leaves developed by the embryo of a seed plant.
HYPOCOTYL: The part of the axis of a plant embryo below the cotyledon
EPICOTYL: The part of the axis of a plant embryo or seedling above the cotyledon.
GERMINATION: Resumption of growth of the seed embryo.
GERMINATION RATE: The percentage of seeds in a certain quantity that are expected to germinate.
STRATIFICATION: Some seeds take a rest after they form. To hasten this process, the seeds can be placed in moist soil and kept right above freezing. The duration depends on the seed.
SCARIFICATION: The roughing up of seed coats to increase the germination rate.
"One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and a package of seeds."
---Dan Bennett, Comedian