• Question: How do plants go through puberty (if they do) and how long does it take them?

    Asked by anon-249476 to Toby, Sarah, NathanJ on 16 Mar 2020.
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      Nathan James answered on 16 Mar 2020:

      I like this question! But unfortunately I don’t know the answer. I don’t think that plants have an equivalent of puberty, but they do develop sex organs (flowers, for example) with male and female cells (like the sperm and egg cells of animals). It takes time for a plant to grow to sexual maturity (different for each species), so there must be signals that tell the plant that it’s ready to reproduce!