I noticed today that we have tags for both and (with the latter having a synonym, ). Both tags have wikis, but the one for has a lot more detail. The wiki for even mentions "germination" in the excerpt.

Is there a difference between starting seeds and germination? Should we mark one as being a synonym of the other, and if so, which one should be the master (i.e. the one that appears on all future questions using the tag).

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Theoretically you can germinate fungal spores and bacteria as well as seeds from plants. If you only go by the definition then germination includes everything seed starting implies and a little more.

The only thing seed starting has going for it is that it is more recognizable to the user base as I believe there are less users who use germination as their first choice of key word.

I think it would be reasonable to make seed starting as a synonym for germination.

  • Thanks for the feedback. I've created the synonym.
    – Niall C. Mod
    Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 18:48

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