When shopping for plants, it is important to consider plant traits. Height is an important trait because height determines how the plant respond to its surroundings. Plant adaptability also matters because some plants thrive better in some environmental conditions better than others. The same goes for light tolerance, as many environments vary in how much sunlight is available to plants. It is also important to consider pest resistance, because often, plants can be durable in terms of pests, or die easily if pests invade their surroundings. Yield, while not difficult to track, is also an important consideration given how much you would like to grow. In sum, all of these traits in combination with each other should be considered before growing your own garden.
- Height and structure determine how the plant responds to its environment.
- Crossing parents with similarly strong growth traits results in highly vigorous progeny.
- Yield and maturation times are traits that are easy to track.
“Plant hardiness is often overlooked yet a very important trait because this determines whether your offspring can tolerate a wide range of conditions, specifically their resistance to varying temperatures as well the ability to tolerate drought and water logging.”