Definition of self-seed in English:

self-seed

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • (of a plant) propagate itself by seed.

    ‘the early-blooming, self-seeding primula’
    • ‘The problem with the daisy is that it doesn't know where to stop and unless you deadhead every last one of those pretty little faces it will self-seed and multiply ad infinitum.’
    • ‘The Californian poppy is an annual that self-seeds, so they'll be popping up all over the place next year.’
    • ‘Find the right spot and it will be easy to look after and self-seed freely, but can look nasty once past its prime, and should be chopped down or pulled up.’
    • ‘Shallow-rooted, self-seeding native plants that can survive both drought and drenching will need little if any watering.’
    • ‘Their informal borders are stuffed with old fashioned roses, catmint, lavenders and pinks, along with sweet Williams and many plants which self-seed everywhere.’
    • ‘Perennial geraniums live forever, are easy to grow from seed and once established, spread and self-seed as madly as chickweed.’
    • ‘This is a plant that self-seeds so freely that it can become almost weedlike, but with its pretty blue, white or pink flowers, it is a welcoming sight early in the season.’
    • ‘They chose ornamental plants that were self-propagating, along with annuals that were generally self-seeding.’
    • ‘Pay special attention to dead-heading flowers that self-seed once they have passed so that you maintain control over where they spread in your garden.’
    • ‘It goes without saying that these plants will self-seed anywhere where they can.’
    • ‘Cleomes also self-seed rapidly, creating dozens of new plants each year.’
    • ‘I even let some, such as lamb's-quarter and pennycress, self-seed because they'll grow quickly next year in the cold spring soil where nothing is planted.’
    • ‘It will self-seed easily once established but doesn't seem to be invasive.’
    • ‘Bearing narrow spikes of tiny greenish-white flowers from late spring through the summer, it self-seeds prolifically thereafter.’
    • ‘Although they are in fact biennials, and will die off after flowering, they self-seed wildly.’
    • ‘In a year it has plumped out and has self-seeded either side of the parent plant, so it will make a bold statement come early April.’
    • ‘Since it self-seeds, just a few plants will eventually give rise to a nice drift.’
    • ‘‘We are also going to take out some self-seeded saplings and trees around there and replant new native trees and shrubs,’ added Mr Caygill.’
    • ‘On the plus side this year, a large number of plants have self-seeded themselves around the garden, popping up in the most unlikely places and in the most attractive combinations.’
    • ‘He grows self-seeding winter cover crops such as little barley (considered a weed by some) and subterranean clover, which die down in early summer and come back from seed in the fall.’
    reproduce, multiply, proliferate, breed, procreate, increase, spawn
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Pronunciation

self-seed

/ˈˌself ˈsēd/