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Plant Life Cycles

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     challenging words:    foxglove, germinate, stems, perennial, roots, caption, seedling, leafy, several, dies, above, plant, biennial, parsley, root, second


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Plant Life Cycles
By Cindy Grigg
  

1     Caption: Flowers and seeds of a carrot plant. A carrot is a biennial plant and only flowers every two years. In the first year the plant produces the edible root and a leafy top. If a carrot plant is left in the ground for another year, it flowers and makes seeds.
 
2     Plants, like all living things, have life cycles. All living things grow and change throughout their life cycles. Almost every plant you see outside started from a seed. Each seed contains everything needed to grow a new plant. The seeds germinate, or sprout. The small new plant is called a seedling. The seedlings grow. They make flowers. The flowers make seeds for new plants. Then the plant dies.
 
3     Plants are classified by how long their life cycle takes. Annual plants have a life cycle of just one year. They sprout from seed, grow, make seeds, and die in one growing season. Some plants that are annuals are tomatoes, marigolds, and petunias.

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