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LIFE CYCLE OF A PUMPKIN

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Glenda McLaurin

on 27 January 2014

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LIFE CYCLE OF A PUMPKIN
SEED
AND
SEEDLING
FLOWER
AND
POLLINATION

VINE
GROWING
AND
RIPENING
SEED
Pumpkins begin as seeds. The seeds are white and have an oval shape. A tiny plant is curled up inside each seed.

The seed is planted in warm, moist soil. In about ten days, a root grows down into the soil. The root takes in water and food for the plant. Tiny leaves push up into the sunlight.
SEEDLING
The first two leaves pop through the soil. These are smooth seed leaves. They use sunlight and air to make food for the new plant.

Then the true leaves appear. They are jagged and prickly. The job of the seed leaves is done. They wither and fall off.

“Life Cycle of a Pumpkin” from Life Cycle Of A Pumpkin by Ron Fridell
FLOWER
The pumpkin vine blooms with many yellow flowers. Some of these are female flowers. Female flowers sit on small, fuzzy, green balls.

Other flowers are male flowers. They are on long stems and have yellow powders inside the flower. The yellow powders is pollen. It takes a male and a female flower to make a pumpkin.
POLLINATION
It also takes bees to make pumpkins. They move the pollen from male flowers to female flowers. When a bee visits the male flowers, the pollen sticks to the bee's body and legs.

The pollen rubs off the bee as it goes in and out of the flowers. When the pollen reaches a female flower, the fuzzy green ball at the end of the flower begins to grow into a pumpkin.
VINE
The pumpkin plant grows more leaves.
The plant grows quickly and soon becomes a vine. The vine twists and creeps along the ground. The vine
sends out thin tendrils. They grab and curl around other vines. They twist
around fences. The tendrils support the vine as it grows longer and longer.
Growing and Ripening
All summer the vines, tendrils, and leaves of the plant grow and tangle together. Underneath the bid leaves are little pumpkins.

The leaves are like big umbrellas. They keep the hot sun off the pumpkins. They also help to keep the soil around the pumpkins from drying out.
“Life Cycle of a Pumpkin” from Life Cycle Of A Pumpkin by Ron Fridell
“Life Cycle of a Pumpkin” from Life Cycle Of A Pumpkin by Ron Fridell
“Life Cycle of a Pumpkin” from Life Cycle Of A Pumpkin by Ron Fridell
“Life Cycle of a Pumpkin” from Life Cycle Of A Pumpkin by Ron Fridell
“Life Cycle of a Pumpkin” from Life Cycle Of A Pumpkin by Ron Fridell
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