Flower Growth Stages

Overview

Flowers are all around us, growing in all kinds of conditions and producing an endless array of blossoms. Have you ever wondered how a flower grows? Flowers go through growth stages or a life cycle, just like other plants do.

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Seed

Seeds can lie on the ground for long periods. Most seeds require warmth, oxygen and water to germinate.

Germination

When all needs are met, the seed will germinate, producing roots growing downward. A stem will soon begin growing up through the surface.

Growth

The seedling appearing will continue to grow taller and produce leaves. The plant will grow into a mature plant and begin to generate flowers.

Reproduction

Pollination is necessary for the flower to be able to reproduce. Wind, water or insects can pollinate flowers. Seeds are produced from this fertilization process.

Dispersal

The flower will ultimately die. The dry fertilized seeds will be discharged into the area or carried off by birds, insects or the wind. This begins the flower growth stages again.

References

  • Blithfield Education Center: Flowering Plant Life Cycle
  • Pima Community College: Flowering Plant Lifecycle

Who Can Help

  • Gardening Know How: Basic Plant Life Cycle
  • Offwell Woodland & Wildlife Trust: General Stages in the Lifecycle of Flowering Plants
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