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Life Cycle of a Flowering Plant
  
The Humble Administrator's Garden in Suzhouby kevin dooley on Flickr

Life Cycle
of a 
Flowering Plant
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Man holding sunflower seeds above rye breadby shixart1985 on Flickr

A plant starts as a seed.  Seeds are the beginning of a new life cycle.
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New Lives - MYD Coconut Seedlingsby thienzieyung on Flickr

The seed is planted. It soaks up water and swells until the seed coat splits.
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Coriander sproutingby mathiasbaert on Flickr

A root grows out of the seed coat and down into the soil. This is called germination.
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One Seed, Two Seperate Palm Seedlingsby thienzieyung on Flickr

Next, the stem begins to grow.
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Easter budsby giopuo on Flickr

 The roots continue to grow.  They will hold the plant in place and take water and minerals from the soil.
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Into the woodsby Maria Eklind on Flickr

The plant uses water, air and the sun's energy to grow.  
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Sunflowers in the field by the roadby wuestenigel on Flickr

A flower grows on the adult plant.
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Bee pollinates a cherry blossomby Ivan Radic on Flickr

Birds and insects carry pollen from flower to flower.
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Wet applesby Anton Rannala on Flickr

New seeds begin to grow inside the flower. Fruit forms around the developing seed to protect them.
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2017-12-03_11-36-41_Pentax_JHby Juhele_CZ on Flickr

We can eat some of the fruits that grow around the seeds.
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spentby scott1346 on Flickr

When the flowering plant dries up, seeds fall to the ground.  Some seeds are scattered by wind. Some seeds are scattered by water. Other seeds are carried by animals.
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Botanical garden in Lundby Maria Eklind on Flickr

Scattering seeds helps each plant get enough space and sunlight to grow.
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Springtime is here....by Timmy_L on Flickr

Some of the scattered seeds will begin to grow into a new plant.

And, the life cycle of the flowering plant begins again. 
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