Seed formation almost always begins with
flowers. Most flowers make a powdery stuff
called pollen. Pollen is taken from one
flower and delivered to another by the wind, or by
hummingbirds, bats, moths, or other animals. When
pollen lands on the new flower, that flower begins
to become a fruit with seeds inside. Every fruit
you eat was once a flower!
Fruits always have seeds in them. Seeds
are the baby plants, and the fruit surrounding
them does a number of things for the baby plants.
Fruits can attract animals to eat them, which
helps carry the seeds far away from the parent
plant, or decaying fruits can provide nourishment
to the seeds when they sprout.
Seeds are baby plants, and they usually
have a very hard outer covering that lets them
survive for a long time without water or soil. The
baby plant inside will sprout out of the
protective covering when conditions are right.
Some seeds can survive without sprouting for over
a hundred years, and some can survive being eaten
by animals or burned in a fire!
So, after flowers are pollinated, they start
to become fruits. Fruits contain seeds, which
are the plants new offspring. The plant loads the
fruit with nutrients, and it covers the seeds
in hard, protective coatings. When the seeds
are in the right conditions, the baby plants
inside break out of their protective coats and
start to grow into a new plant. Excellent
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