by Valerie Cheers Brown

Zechariah 8:12  ‘For there will be peace for the seed: the vine will yield its fruit, the land will yield its produce and the heavens will give their dew, and I will cause the remnant of this people to inherit all these things.’


Getting from one place to another can be hard. Especially if you don’t have legs. So how do seeds get around?

Why do seeds need to get as far away from each other as possible?

Seeds are scattered far from each other. This is so they have space to develop and don’t go after supplements and/or compete for other nutrients.

Almost all seeds are found in natural products. This builds the quantity of ways the seed can be scattered.

Did you know that there are 4 different ways seeds are dispersed?

  • wind dispersal – strong winds can blow fruits seeds far away everywhere
  • animal dispersal – can disperse two ways both internally when say birds produce their droppings and they germinate – externally sticking to animals fur or skin and get dropped off this way and begin to germinate
  • water dispersal – there are many plants living near water which will produce seeds or fruits and they float on the water and the seeds move away from their tree and germinate when washed on shore.
  • explosive dispersal – there are some fruits that burst open and seeds fly everywhere

Have you ever seen a seed blown and germinate during water dispersal this way?

I challenge you to research 5 different fruits and find their dispersion styles.

Check this video out on seed dispersal the great escape:


Did you ever wonder how some exotic plants get to our country?

A percentage of the commonest plants developed by us today are of Chinese birthplace. Among organic products there are the peach and the apricot, which potentially entered Europe together with the silk exchange amid Roman times. A large portion of our citrus organic products, moreover, were initially local to Southeast Asia, including southern China. There they were for quite some time known and developed by the Chinese before being brought, for the most part by the Arabs, toward the Western world.

The orange, for instance, was not known not until presented by the Arabs in the eleventh century. In Holland and Germany it is still called the “Chinese apple.” The lemon, as well, was conveyed by the Arabs from India to Europe a little before 1400. It had as of now been developed in South China, in any case, for quite a while before it spread to India. Another essential citrus, our American grapefruit, is an impressively changed relative of the Chinese pomelo. For this situation, be that as it may, the organic product did not go over the southern course by method for India. It was taken in the eighteenth century from China by method for the Pacific and Cape Horn toward the West Indies. From that point it spread to different parts of the Americas. That is the reason the grapefruit, even today, is practically obscure in Europe.

Our bloom plants, similarly, are obliged to the Chinese for the chrysanthemum and the tea climbed, both of which started to be generally developed in Europe amid the eighteenth century. Different blossoms which came to Europe at about the same time incorporate the camellia, the azalea, the China aster, and the tall woody-stemmed tree peony.

Among trees, a standout amongst the most intriguing Chinese commitments is the ginkgo or maidenhair tree, with its inquisitive fan-formed clears out. This tree is topographically among the most antiquated of every single living thing. It is by all accounts slipped from the monster plants which once prospered on the earth numerous a huge number of years prior, before normal trees yet existed. In China and Japan the ginkgo has for quite a long time been safeguarded from conceivable elimination by simulated planting around sanctuaries, memorial parks, and comparable spots. There it frequently develops to tremendous measurements. As of late it has been brought into the United States, where it is coming into expanding support as a shade tree for stops and city roads.

Among different plants and plant items, two have ascended to positions of exceptionally significant world significance inside of the most recent couple of decades. One is tung oil, removed from the nuts of the tung tree, developed in Central China. Tung oil is utilized as a part of all varnishes made today since it dries so quickly. The other is that ponder plant of present day natural chemistry, the soy bean. Developed in North China since time immemorial, it is currently being utilized increasingly as a part of this nation. It not just makes a flour unimaginably rich in nourishment components of numerous types, yet is changed over into plastics and a thousand and one different items utilized as a part of cutting edge industry. In spite of the fact that Manchuria still remains the boss wellspring of the world’s supply, the soy bean is being developed in relentlessly expanding amounts in our Middle West, and may in time get to be one of America’s driving harvests.

Different plants in China, however up ’til now obscure in the West, may some time or another locate an equivalent welcome. Among them are the delightfully sweet lichee nut, which is truly a delicious organic product, however it is known in this nation just in its dried shape; the inquisitive sea-going vegetable known as the water chestnut; the Chinese persimmon, which develops to double the measure of the persimmon local to this nation; and the succulent shoots of the youthful bamboo, which are a most loved article in the Chinese eating routine.

Our present goals and methods for living are not the result of any one race, any single human progress, or a specific divide of the world’s surface. They have created out of the commitments made by numerous terrains and people groups, including such real human advancements as those of old Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, China, and the Arabic nations, and in addition our own Western world.

Between these different focuses of development, trades in things and thoughts have happened over the span of mankind’s history, and in numerous cases reach out back even into ancient times.

“The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.  It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”  He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.” (Matthew 13:31-33).

It is our seed of confidence in God and responsibility to the Gospel which will flourish. Our leaven will start to give rise. We are the general population of the mustard seed, guaranteed for the purpose of the Kingdom of God, a kingdom that is gradually and unquestionably growing until the arrival of Christ, when all things will be made right.


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