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Bursting into Bloom: The Life Cycle of Flowers

There are many steps for a flower to blossom. A key factor to making plants grow is the resource of light. This is what makes flowers bloom and causes leaves on a tree to change.

Regardless of the type of plant, light and water are essential components for a plant to survive. In fact, some plants have adapted to be able to rotate or turn themselves to face the sun. If a plant is in the shade it will most likely die because there is no sun.

In the winter, seeds start germinating. This is the beginning of the life cycle of plants. Plants grow rapidly, with only shallow roots in spring. Summer is when flowers open and are pollinated by insects. For example, bees take pollen from a flower and bring it back to the hive. In the fall, plants die and the wind spreads the seeds, birds are a big help in scattering seeds. These are the ways in which plants or flowers grow according to various seasons. For some of plants, these processes happens over one year – these plants are called annuals. An example of an annual plant is the common poppy, which takes one year to germinate, scatter seeds, and then dies.

Other plants like the wild carrot, take two years to complete their life cycle. In the first year, wild carrots collect food and grow, and in the second year they bloom. These plants are known as biennials. There are still other plants that can live many years. These are called perennials. Weeds are perennial because they grow back year after year.

Light is a key component for plant survival, it is the main resource for plants to produce energy. Different seasons and conditions allow for plants to grow effectively or poorly so it is important to understand the needs of a plant and its growing cycle to have a successful growth season.

[Source: Eyewitness Book]

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