Are Corn Seeds Alive and Active?

Corn (Zea mays) seeds are alive, but not active. The seeds are in a state of dormancy that remain viable for several years. Once water reaches the seed, germination is started and the corn seed becomes active again.

Keywords: corn seeds, germination, seed basics

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Marie Notnats enjoys learning about new topics and teaching people new skills. She has been writing professionally since 2008. She is a professional horticulturist with a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture from Brigham Young University. She writes for,, eHow, and assorted gardening blogs.