A protective enclosure(10) for one or more seeds(15) comprises of an outer shell(11), said shell being permanently or temporarily liquid-impermeable in at least one direction, and a hygroscopic material(14) contained within the shell surrounding at least one seed, said material being capable of absorbing and storing liquid. The protective enclosure provides a self-contained environment for protecting the seeds in their early growth stages and or hostile environments (16/17/18) Thinner sections of the pod shell structure allow rain water in, being possibly resealed by the effect of water sealant and/or tension caused by expansion due to hydration, to prevent evaporation. Internal structure could be a flexible honeycombed one to allow for daylight thermal dynamic and impact integrity. Could be a nutrient matrix/wick.
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