is how a plant comes out of a seed.
The dry seed is dormant.
The seed is in a moist environment. It swells, absorbing
A root begins to grow out of the seed.
The stem begins to come out of the seed
The stem grows and begins to lift the seed.
Secondary roots are growing too.
The stem continues to lift the seed.
The seed coat is slipping off.
The roots continue to grow.
The young plant is free of the seed coat.
It is beginning to unfold its seed leaves, the cotyledons.
The roots keep on
The cotyledons open to catch the sunlight.
Between them, a bud gives promise that true leaves will soon
continued root growth to
support the leaves.
The true leaves have opened, and the plant is off to a good
The growing tip continues to push upward.
More leaves will open soon.
root growth promises healthy
Soon the plant will have more leaves. The food in the cotyledons
will be used up, and they will shrivel and fall off. The plant
no longer needs them. It makes its own food now.
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