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Unformatted text preview: Days 9-13 Around day 9 the plant begins to turn to reproduction, shifting from stem and leaf growth to flower development. Flower buds grow from the shoot meristem (growth tip). Day 14-17 Flowers bloom! OH YEAHHHH! If pollen is passed from flower-to-flower, pollination occurs. Pollen that lands on the tip of another flower's pistil grows a tube down into the pistil, where the eggs are housed. Sperm (from inside the pollen) then move down the tube until they reach the eggs and fertilize them. Days 18-20 Fertilized eggs inside the plant's pistils grow and develop to become the embryos of new seeds. The outside of the pistil swells and becomes the seed pod (or fruit) that encases several seeds. Days 21-40 Flower petals slowly wilt and fall off and seed pods Inside each seed is a tiny embryo, waiting for water and warmth so it can germinate into a new plant, and another life cycle can begin. After the seeds have dried out completely, they are ready to be planted or stored....
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