Volunteer Seedling

Volunteer Seedling

 

(also self-seeded seedling), a young plant seeded automatically by parent plants. Volunteer seedlings are vital to natural reforestation. In clear-cuttings, volunteer seedlings may develop from the seeds of the trees of an old forest adjacent to the cleared area; volunteer seedlings may also grow from the seeds of special seed trees left standing. Groups of the seedlings appear in places with conditions most favorable for sprouting and for growth and preservation (protection from sunburn, frosts, and the competition of grasses). In some cases, the development of volunteer seedlings is impeded by various pests (larvae of scarabaeid beetles, weevils, and mole crickets) and diseases (pine blight).

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However, consider that plants that are liberal seeders may present you with volunteer seedlings in the spring that will add considerable efforts to your weeding tasks.
Many varieties self-sow freely, so you may be blessed with volunteer seedlings next season.
Epicotyl grafting can save two years on the volunteer seedlings, so we are focusing on this method as well because of the urgency to provide plants to farmers," explains Courtney.
He has kept up his strawberry harvest for 15 years, transplanting volunteer seedlings to replace older plants.
Volunteer seedlings were defined as those individuals that germinated after the planting date.
Fig trees sprout up as volunteer seedlings all over the Valley.
You will probably want to weed out volunteer seedlings since they tend to revert to the common magenta color.
A limited number of volunteer seedlings are a cheap and easy way to ensure the continuation of certain plants from year to year.
Although loquats pop up as volunteer seedlings all over the Valley, bearing clusters of small, somewhat insipid fruit, there are tastier, named varieties of larger size that are available in the nursery trade.
Also, the absence of numerous volunteer seedlings will make spring cleanup easier.
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