Learn The Six Plant Growth Stages

Learn The Six Plant Growth Stages

Plants' lives may be as short as a few weeks or months, but they go through distinct changes as they grow just as people do. For humans, the progression is infant, toddler, adolescent, young adult, middle aged adult, and senior citizen, while plants go from seed to sprout, then through vegetative, budding, flowering and ripening stages. Similarly, the nutritional needs of people and plants change as they grow. This graphic shows how a plant develops (in this case, a tomato) and highlights the changing nutrient needs for plants as they grow. Plant Growth Stages

Sprout

Each seed contains a small parcel of nutrients that is all they need to germinate and begin growing their first pair of leaves.

Seedling

As plants' roots develop and spread, a boost of quickly absorbed, well-balanced nutrients fuels the rapid growth from spindly seedling to healthy plant.

Vegetative

Nitrogen is a key component of chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants, so it's the critical nutrient when their energy is focused on growing stalks and foliage.

Budding

Phosphorus is in extra high demand at the start of a plant's' reproductive cycle, the transition from growing leaves to forming buds.

Flowering

Potassium plays a primary role in producing and transporting the sugars and starches plants use up as they develop healthy flowers and fruit.

Ripening

When flowers and fruit are verging on full maturity, they need a week or two of just water without nutrients, a process known as "flushing," so they can use up all of the nutrients they have already absorbed.

THE STATE OF YOUR PLANTS

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