self-sown


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self-sow

(sĕlf′sō′)
intr.v. self-sowed (-sōd′), self-sown or self-sowed, self-sow·ing, self-sows
To reproduce or spread by natural dispersion of seed: a plant that self-sows readily.

self-sown

adj
(Botany) (of plants) growing from seed dispersed by any means other than by the agency of man or animals. Also: self-seeded

self′-sown′



adj.
sown by itself, or without human or animal agency, as a plant grown from seeds dropped from another plant.
[1600–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.self-sown - growing from seed dispersed by natural agency such as wind or birds
planted - set in the soil for growth
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Here there are extensive heaths, with a few clumps of old Scotch firs on the distant hill-tops: within the last ten years large spaces have been enclosed, and self-sown firs are now springing up in multitudes, so close together that all cannot live.
The little wall of the raised bed that runs down one side has lots of self-sown ferns among its mosscovered stones and we've cut back all the old fronds to reveal the knuckles of the new ones.
The little wall of the raised bed that runs down one side has lots of self-sown ferns among its moss-covered stones and we've cut back all the old fronds to reveal the knuckles of the new ones.
Last year I cheated and lifted tiny seedlings self-sown around the mother plants.
Third, the dispersal of hundreds or thousands of seeds guarantees that you will be faced with a horrendous weeding task as the self-sown seeds germinate.
Pot up self-sown seedlings by digging them up and potting them up, placing them in a shady cold frame or on a cool, shady windowsill.
GOOD IDEA: Scour cottage borders for self-sown plants that can be potted up and added to your patio displays.
Continue to weed borders, watching out for any self-sown seedlings in the process.
It may take some extra weeding and thinning, but the self-sown seed always seems to do better than when I plant the seed.
Self-sown seedlings will appear in future years but will rarely come true.
Another treasure that never fails to return from self-sown seed is dill (Anethum graveolens).
They're basically hawthorn, with stretches of native privet, and several other species either self-sown or used to fill gaps.