How Do You Use a Seed Identification Chart?


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A seed identification chart allows you to determine the species and type of seed by visual cues such as color, size and shape of the seed. Typically a seed identification chart is organized alphabetically or by seed size and provides some scale to give relative size indicators for the seed. Once you have identified the type of seed, you can sow at the correct soil depth and time of year, and know how to grow the seed.

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Seed sizes range from very small to nearly an inch in length, depending on the plant and species. Seeds come in a great variety of shapes including perfectly round balls, discs, oblong spheroids, angular polygons and seeds with tails and wings. Seed color also varies from brown or black to bright blues, reds and yellows. A seed identification chart helps match a seed by appearance to its scientific or common name.

Many seed identification charts also provide users the ability to search for a particular seed by common name. If the returned result on the seed identification chart matches the seed in hand by the visual markers and relative size, you have successfully identified the seed. There are multiple species of many common plant names with seeds that look similar. A seed identification chart helps you to find the small differences that distinguish one species from another.

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