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Vegetative propagation is a method of asexual reproduction in plants. It is used when one wants to produce more individuals with the same characteristics that the parent plant has. Sometimes, this process can occur in nature and other times, it can be performed by farmers and plant growers. Meristematic cells within plants are able to differentiate into plant parts and an entire plant can be grown just using a part of a plant. For example, if a cutting of a coleus plant is placed in water or moist soil, roots will sprout from the cut stem. Another type of vegetative propagation is the growth of tulips and onions from bulbs. The parent plant produces bulbs underground. These can be separated and grown into several other plants. These are but two examples of the many ways to grow plants asexually by vegetative propagation. Advantages of growing plants by vegetative propagation are: it is faster then waiting for seeds to germinate and you definitely know which traits the plants you grow will have.
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