- Apr 18, 2014
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- Lower Hudson Valley, New York
I didn't create that term myself, "recalcitrant" IS the official term for seeds that cannot survive drying out and/or must be planted as soon as they are harvested. And, I suppose there are varying degrees of recalcitrance as well. "As soon as they are harvested" can really mean "within a day or two of being harvested, so long as the seed doesn't dry out) for a lot of things. On the other end of the spectrum, I had the seeds of the only seeded breadfruit I ever got literally ferment and spoil OVERNIGHT. And, at the extreme end there are of course those plants that show vivipary and germinate before they even leave the FRUIT, like mangroves.I want to be successful as a gardener. "Recalcitrant." @Pulsegleaner used that word and I was comfortable up until that point in time with knowing the definition but I had never thought of it in the relationship of seed that was probably very much out of its environment and, even, failing to germinate.
And, if you think of it, pretty much any seed one plants is sort of out of its environment, at least if you define environment in the narrowest possible way. Unless you are collecting wild seed from your property and then re-planting it in the exact same spot you collected it (which would generally be sort of pointless, you could simply let the plant seed itself and spare yourself the effort.) you've changed it's environment, even if only by a tiny bit. No matter HOW carefully you go about it, gardening, or indeed any form of agriculture or land use is disrupting the local environment. And the breeding things we have done to plants throughout history, if they were done to people, would get many people claiming the breeders were on the level of Josef Mengele. It's all perspective.