Question About Plants And Pollenation

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Folger2021 | 16:29 Sun 11th Jul 2021 | Home & Garden
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Hi everyone,

I know I should know this but I'm a late bloomer pun intended. I watched a couple of videos but not everything was explained... Please correct if I have something wrong:

Water and nutrients in the soil get sucked up from the roots to the stem which then carries the nutrients elsewhere throughout the plant. Sunlight makes food for the plant in the leaves thanks to the sun through the process called chlorophyll and the veins in the leaves bring it to the stem for it to be distributed.

Bees primarily but other insects are attracted to the flower and when going for its nectar and/or pollen, the pollen gets stuck to it and when they move to other plants where if that plant has a stigma the pollen will go in there and the plant can then make seeds. Wind can also do this.

Animals that either eat the seed if they eat the flower and it comes out in their waste ,or the fruit falls and is eaten by an animal, or it rots into the ground and in any of these situation another plant grows again into another plant nearby.

Those seeds that will produce fruit thanks to pollenation, what determines what kind of fruit or veg is made? Since a flower that only has a stamen but no stigma and seeds will not be made, how does such a plant reproduce?


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The determination of a plant is down to its genes, just like ours. The seeds carry the male and female genes after pollination, so the plants' seeds grow according to parent plant(s).
Some plants have both male and female parts on one flower and others have separate male and female plants, which get pollinated when insects land on them for food.
Some plants grow shoots from the base and spread by forming a 'clone' nearby, which roots then forms an identical plant to the 'parent', which in turn flowers and gets pollinated. Buttercups are a good example of this form of reproduction.
Strawberries 'clone' themselves in the same way. That's why I can't move my planter to a better sunnier position this year, 'cause the parent has produced so many 'runners', they've anchored the planter to my lawn, where luckily, more strawberries are growing - unless one of the hedgehogs or frogs get them, the slugs will have a field day!
In short, I would say that some plants have evolved in different ways in order to survive. vegetative reproduction is one example and self fertilisation is another, but the vast amount of plants have evolved to be pollinated by insects.
Genuine - you can just snip the runners once the clones have rooted and then you can move your planter.
Folger - a small point; the process by which plants use sunlight to produce food is called photosynthesis. Chlorophyll is the chemical in the leaves which enables this.
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I'm a little rusty on my botany, so I stand to be corrected, but its my understanding that the process that you mention (chlorophyll) to my knowledge is (photosynthesis).
Some flowers have evolved to be self pollinating and some can reproduce vegativly.
Another method of reproduction that springs to mind is parthenogenesis, that's if my memory serves me well, which sadly is sometimes not the case.
Sorry, I didn't see the earlier answer posted due to adverts in the way,

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