CHARACTERISTICS OF GOOD SEED FOR PLANTING

CHARACTERISTICS OF GOOD SEED FOR PLANTING

Seed selection is the choosing of good quality seeds/ sorting out of good quality seed for planting.




characteristics/qualities of a good seed for planting

  • They should be uniform in shape, colour and size
  • They should be from a variety which is resistant to pests and diseases
  • Should be from variety resistant to physical damages
  • Should be wholesome ie not broken or not having any physical defect
  • Should be from variety which is early maturing
  • Should be from variety which is high yielding
  • Should be from variety that is used to local environment conditions such as temperature, moisture
  • Should have long shelf life i.e. longevity
  • Should be viable/high viability i.e. ability of a seed to germinate.




  • Should be large in size i.e. this means that it has a large embryo to store a lot of food reserves.
  • Should be of desirable genetic make up
  • Should be pure and clean i.e. without trash, and foreign materials, and not mixed with other
    varieties.
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