Sprouting inside a Pumpkin
Date: Fall 2012
Since it is Halloween I got a pumpkin. I opened it up and to my surprise laying beside the 50 or so seed i found one that was sprouting. Weird huh? So i was wondering how rare is it that would happen?
Not too rare at all. I've seen it plenty of times. Happens with other
fruit seeds too, particularly oranges and grapefruit.
Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D., M.Ed.
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Wyoming
Weird, yes! What you discovered, precocious seed germination (or
sprouting), can happen with a number of plants. Normally seeds made
by a plant are dormant and require some treatment such as cold
temperatures, light or several months of storage before they can
sprout. Just like livestock, cats or dogs that have the “wildness”
bred out of them, vegetable and crop plants have dormancy bred out of
them, so it is possible that pumpkins, corn, tomatoes and additional
vegetables and grains can germinate before seeds are put into the
ground. Removing dormancy from vegetable seeds helps farmers because
they can plant seeds at any time and know that they will sprout.
Jim Tokuhisa, Ph.D.
That would be really rare!
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