How do plants germinate in the wild?



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    Once animals carry seeds away from the mother plant it is time for the seeds to sprout or germinate. Seed germination is defined as the emergence of the radicle through the seed coat.
    Wild species usually have deeper dormancy to avoid sprouting in late summer or fall when the seeds are commonly dispersed, assuring that tender seedlings are not frozen at a young age by the approaching winter. Instead the seedlings do not appear until warm weather arrives in springtime. Details and examples of various mechanisms are summarized at the following link:

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