When Plants Grow Their Own Baby Plants

Not all of us have a green thumb. In fact, some of us have a pretty hard time maintaining our small balcony gardens, or even that one potted plant in the window sill that seems to be constantly wilting. It can often seem that no matter what we do, and no matter how much love and sunlight we shower upon them, plants basically make up their own minds about whether they want to live or die. Well, it might be pretty frustrating to know that some plants can just effortlessly produce their own tiny little baby plants. This is caused by a weird phenomenon called vivipary, or viviparity. Translating to “live birth” in Latin, this is a rare condition in which seeds start to sprout while still attached to the mother plant. The result of this is pretty incredible looking.

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Vivipary has been documented happening in a pretty wide range of plants, and even animals. If you’ve ever seen a strawberry sprouting lots of tiny green leaves out of those black seeds on the surface, you’ve witnessed vivipary. Or, if you ever witness an avocado growing a tiny avocado tree inside of its pit, this is also vivipary at work. Thanks to social media, a variety of these cases have been photographed and shared with the rest of the world, and needless to say, people are pretty stunned. Nature never ceases to amaze us, and we never know when it will occur. So the next time we’re at our local farmer’s market, we will definitely be on the lookout for these one-in-a-million natural miracles. And besides, who wouldn’t want to get two avocados for the price of one?

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