How do these seeds get around?

The wind takes this dandelion seed.




A seed has everything it needs to produce new plants.   A seed has to have enough water, good soil, and sunlight.

Sometimes people plant them and other times the seeds get planted on their own.  People scatter seeds by planting them in yards, gardens, and fields.

 Birds and animals can scatter seeds.  They eat berries and fruit.  The seeds are left in new places in the animals' droppings.  The mistletoe's seeds are covered with a sticky substance that sticks to the bird that tries to eat it. The mistletoe's seeds have to land on the tree or they die.
mistletoe

 Some seeds travel by sailing in the wind. Others float in the water to get to the land. Others hitchike on animals. Some just get blown in the wind. Seeds can also grow in a flower and drop to the ground.  Some tree seeds drop directly below the parent and die because there is not enough light or food for them to grow.

 The seeds that travel by wind must be light-weight. Some of these seeds have wings, like the maple seed. Some of these seeds have gone 32 miles on a windy day.  Another flying seed is the
dandelion which gets planted because ants carry the seeds down into thier hole.
 
maple tree seeds
 

 Seeds of plants growing near or in the water can float to a new place.  The water travelers float away from their parent trees. Coconuts may drift for several months and travel for up to 1,200 miles  before reaching dry land. The coconuts are able to float because of special fibers around their seeds.

 Other seeds have hooks or stickers.  These seeds catch on the fur of animals.  The seeds fall off later.  The hitchhikers are built with spikes.  Some seeds have a sticky substance that makes them stick to animals. Then they travel to another place  to grow.
 
sandburs

 Some plants have sacks that explode. The squirting cucumber bursts open and shoot its seeds up to 27 feet  away from the parent plant. The seeds zoom off and may travel as fast as 62 mile per hour.
squirting cucumber plant