How do plants spread their seeds?

Discover the different ways plants spread their seeds.

Seed dispersal

Plants disperse their seeds in lots of different ways. Some seeds are transported by the wind and are shaped to float, glide or spin through the air.

Plants growing near a river may use the flowing water to transport their seeds.

Some seed pods are designed to explode and throw the seeds a good distance from the parent plant.

Many plants also use animals to carry their seeds. This type of seed may have handy hooks which attach to an animal’s fur. Alternatively, the plants might make tasty fruit to enclose the seeds, which attract animals to eat them.

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