6 Types of Reproducing Plants

Learn how six popular plants continue to grow and flourish with plant gallery.
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Biennials: Require Two Growing Seasons to Bloom

Biennial plants, including Foxgloves (Digitalis), set seed before the end of their two-year life cycle. They require two growing seasons before blooming. Pinch off any buds they form in the first season to ensure a good display.

Runners: Root Where They Touch Soil

Runners are stems that grow out from the parent plant. They root where they touch the soil surface and can later be severed and transplanted. Strawberries and spider plants (Chlorophytum) reproduce in the way.

Rhizomes: Stems That Travel Through Ground

Rhizomes are specialized stems that travel through the ground from the parent plant, emerging as a cluster of new shoots a distance away. Perennials that spread via rhizomes can be invasive, especially in light soils.

Bulbils: Bulblike Growths Drop on Soil to Root

Bulbils are bulblike growths, produced from the stems of some plants, including several ornamental lilies, and some members of the onion family. They drop onto the soil and take root or can be pulled off and planted.

Offsets: Miniature Versions of Parent Plant

Offsets are miniature versions of a parent plant, usually an alpine or succulent, growing in ground-encrusting colonies. They can be pulled away and potted separately and usually root quickly when they make contact with the soil.

Insect Pollination: Necessary for Fruiting

Pollination relies upon the presence of the right insects. If bees are scarce, perhaps because of cold or wet weather, flowers may not be pollinated, and seeding, fruiting, and cropping will be adversely affected.

Wind Pollination: Distributes Seed in Breeze

Wind pollination happens mainly in grasses and in cone and catkin bearing plants. these don't rely on colored or fragrant blooms to attract insects. their pollen grains are small and light, allowing distribution on the breeze.

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