When researching indoor and outdoor plants, being aware of their life cycle is important. A plant life cycle diagram can assist you in knowing when your plant may flower, when you can breed your plant, and when certain types of plants should be watered or dehydrated. By knowing the life cycle of your plant, you can ensure its longevity. In the case of rare or expensive plants, this can help to protect your investment.
A good plant life cycle diagram will include several aspects. First, it will include all stages of a plant’s life, from the creation of the seed to death. If the plant life cycle diagram is missing any stage of the development of the plant you are investigating, your chances of successfully caring for or breeding your plant will be greatly diminished.
The most basic stages of a plant’s life cycle include the seeds, germination, the seedling stage, the vegetative stage, the flowering stage and the pollination stage and death. Depending on the type of plant that you are researching, this cycle may vary.
Due to the nature of a plant life cycle diagram, it is uncommon that the diagram itself will be linear. Expect a circular chart that shows how seeds are created within the middle of the life span of a plant. As seeds occur during the flowering or pollination stage of the plant’s life cycle, you should be able to see when the plant seeds. This is particularly important for those intending to breed plants such as mints. Cycles will vary depending on the reproductive cycle of the plant. As many plants can reproduce through replication or seeding, not every plant life cycle diagram will be equal. As a rule, the more rare or exotic a plant is, the more detailed its diagram will be to show the full cycle of the plant.
If you are intending to breed your plants, you will want to keep the relevant data handy. Your primary focus in the plant life cycle diagram will be on the pollination, flowering and seeding of your type of plant. All aspects of this, ranging from required watering changes, temperature changes and condition changes to promote reproduction is the most important.
For those who are just tending plants, you should be aware of the reproductive cycle of your plant, as their care tends to change during this period of time. If you are properly caring for your plant, the reproductive cycle of your plant will be extended. This usually results in longer and more frequent blooming periods.