Plants reproduce through either sexual or asexual means. Sexual reproduction involves pollination helped by wind or insects. Asexual reproduction involves tubers, bulbs and runners known as rhizomes and stolons as well as cuttings taken by humans for commercial and home growing.
Plants are extremely adaptive and use several self-propagation techniques for genetic diversity. For instance, plants sexually reproduced with the help of pollination carry the genetic material of both sets of parents, while plants reproduced asexually are clones of the parent plant. Plants that live in stable environments such as the tropics are more likely to reproduce through vegetative, asexual means while plants growing in harsher conditions are more likely to put their energy toward spreading seeds.