Use of the word "Seedling"

Paul Licht
Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:16:04 PDT
I think the message should already be clear. The term 
'seedling' is not a precise one and has been used in many 
contexts. I was just thinking of our 30yr old monkey puzzle 
tree that produced its first crop of seed; never occurred to 
me that it was a seedling up to now. In the Garden, we 
generally use it to refer to a newly germinated plant that 
has only a few sets of true leaves.

Paul Licht, Director
University of California Botanical Garden
200 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, CA 94720

On 4/14/2011 11:53 AM, Dennis Kramb wrote:
> For me, my experience with "seedlings" comes from hybridizing irises.
> Anything I've grown from seed, is a seedling... even if it is 15 years old
> now and a massive clump of rhizomes in my garden.  To other hybridizers (&
> iris enthusiasts in general) the name "seedling" implies that I haven't
> named, registered, or introduced this iris yet.
> Dennis in Cincinnati
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