For Seeds, Success Means Striking Out on Their Own

If seeds could talk, they might sound like recent high school graduates making a beeline for jobs and colleges as far away from their parents as possible: “See ya ‘rents, we’re outta here.”

Several studies have shown that seeds that stick too close to home have to put up with their parent’s diseases and fight with the whole family for access to life’s essentials: light, water, and nutrients.