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Marvel of the Month

Yaakov Lubin

Marvel of the Month: Spectacular Seeds Can you imagine a world without fruits? No mouthwatering melons, amazing apples, delicious dates or — unthinkable! — chocolate. How do fruit trees grow?

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

A sapling (baby tree) needs lots of water and sunlight. If plants just dropped their seeds into the ground underneath them, their saplings would have to compete with the big trees for water and light. Therefore, Hashem gave plants ingenious ways of moving their seeds away from themselves. The most common and unique means of seed dispersal is fruit. While we may not think of eating fruit as seed dispersal, when people and animals eat fruit, they throw out or drop the seeds. Especially as seeds are often inedible and may be inside a very hard casing (think of a plum or peach pit). This moves the seeds far from their tree, to a place where they may find good soil, enough water, and abundant sunlight. 

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