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).


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
    Oct 29 '13 at 18:48

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .