Outrageous Seeds

The insides of a seed carry the huge variety of genes necessary to make an oak tree or a prickly pear — or a marigold or lettuce. Here are some more extremes that seeds can go to.

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Giant Seed

The coconut is a pretty big seed. If you live where the temperature is usually 80 degrees or warmer and doesn't fall below 70 (USDA Zone 10 or south), you can plant a ripe coconut and grow a palm tree.

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