Thursday, July 1, 2010

Mango Seedling Emerges

June 28, 2010  - First sign of emergence. 

June 29, 2010 - The plumule is out and starting to unbend.

June 30, 2010 -  The first set of true leaves finds light.

July 1, 2010 - The plumule now turns to a stem as the second set of leaves is beginning to differentiate.

After almost a month since the mango seeds were planted, the first sign of life emerges.   The wait was long considering that the seed was already germinating  when planted.  The radicle which is the part of the seed that would grow downwards to become the main root was visibly elongating.  Yet, it still took almost a month for the plumule (which is the part of the embryo that would grow upward) to find its way into the light.

This seedling has a lot of growing and differentiating to do.  It will be interesting to see how this tropical plant performs in this semi-arid temperate zone.  Although it is not much of a tree, it is the first of its kind that I have seen in California.  

Experiment in your garden and learn something new.


Table Top Fountains said...

Wonderful!! There are no fruits that connote summer like the mango!

Helen Lewis said...

I still have to find out how they will survive winter and whether they will bear fruits here.

Thanks for stopping here.

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