How do plants know to either sexually or asexually reproduce?


– Some plants reproduce sexually through seeds/flowers.

– Some plants are hermaphroditic or contain bisexual flowers and can self-pollinate

– Some plants clone themselves through tubers/grafting/budding.

In plants that have multiple reproductive options but have limited energy resources, how does it decide which reproduction method to use to fit the environment?

In: Biology

Botany was never my strong suit, but from what I can remember in college…

Plants don’t “know” which one to use through logic and reason like how a human would make a decision. A plant with multiple options will just wind up doing whichever one happens. If the wind picks up? Great, more sexual reproduction! If it doesn’t? Selfing (asexual) may happen instead.