Why is Soil Important for Seed Germination?
Seed germination means that a seed is revived from its dormant state to begin the process of root and leaf production. Seed germination sounds impressive, and it is. Some seeds can remain dormant for hundreds or even thousands of years and still be germinated to create a healthy plant, which will grow to be many hundreds of times bigger than the original seed. But how are seeds able to perform these incredible feats? Soil is an important factor for seed germination because soil provides many of the elements that seeds need to thrive. A Welcoming Environment Proper soil creates a healthy home for seed germination. Seeds have basic needs that must be met for germination to occur: • Water. Seeds need the correct amount of moisture to become active. The average seed needs to increase its moisture content from the normal 5% to 10%, up to 50% for germination to occur. Soil provides a way for water to be held near the seed so that it can be absorbed. • Air. The voids between soil particles al