The Plant Growth ClipArt gallery provides 64 examples of germination and growth of seedlings.

Here is a representation of the acorn which has germinated. The roots go down while the stalk goes up.

Germinating Acorn

Here is a representation of the acorn which has germinated. The roots go down while the stalk goes up.

Bean plant

Bean Plant

Bean plant

"The bean with its roots in unboiled water will grow for a considerable time, as long as the mineral matter in the water will provide it with food materials. The roots of the plant in the boiled water will quickly die and the whole plant will then wither, because the roots no longer send the water up to the leaves." — Ritchie, 1918

Bean Plant in Jar

"The bean with its roots in unboiled water will grow for a considerable time, as long as the mineral…

"Successive stages in the life history of the bean seedling. AA, the surface of the ground; r, primary root; r', secondary root; c, hypocotyl; a, arch of hypocotyl; co, cotyledons." -Bergen, 1896

Bean Seed Stages

"Successive stages in the life history of the bean seedling. AA, the surface of the ground; r, primary…

"Young seedling of windsor bean. c, cotyledon; r, root; s, stem." -Bergen, 1896

Windsor Bean Seedling

"Young seedling of windsor bean. c, cotyledon; r, root; s, stem." -Bergen, 1896

A bean plant showing roots, stem, leaves, and beans.

Bean Sprout

A bean plant showing roots, stem, leaves, and beans.

An illustration of a complete bean sprout including roots.

Bean Sprout

An illustration of a complete bean sprout including roots.

Showing the various stages of development of a bean plant.

Life cycle of the bean

Showing the various stages of development of a bean plant.

A lima bean at different stages of soaking. This is an experiment to show how seeds get water from the soil.

Lima Bean

A lima bean at different stages of soaking. This is an experiment to show how seeds get water from the…

Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis). 1, stamen; 2, pistil.

Bindweed

Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis). 1, stamen; 2, pistil.

An illustration of a Calystegia sepium embryo.  Calystegia sepium (Larger Bindweed, Hedge Bindweed, or Rutland beauty) is a species of bindweed, with a subcosmopolitan distribution throughout temperate Northern Hemisphere in Europe, Asia, northwestern Africa, and North America, and in the temperate Southern Hemisphere in Australia, and Argentina in South America.

Calystegia Sepium Embryo

An illustration of a Calystegia sepium embryo. Calystegia sepium (Larger Bindweed, Hedge Bindweed, or…

An illustration of a Calystegia sepium seed cut lengthwise showing the embryo.  Calystegia sepium (Larger Bindweed, Hedge Bindweed, or Rutland beauty) is a species of bindweed, with a subcosmopolitan distribution throughout temperate Northern Hemisphere in Europe, Asia, northwestern Africa, and North America, and in the temperate Southern Hemisphere in Australia, and Argentina in South America.

Calystegia Sepium Seed

An illustration of a Calystegia sepium seed cut lengthwise showing the embryo. Calystegia sepium (Larger…

Capparis Spinosa, or Caper plant.

Caper plant

Capparis Spinosa, or Caper plant.

The cherry. 1. flower, petals and part of calyx; 2. fruit.

Cherry

The cherry. 1. flower, petals and part of calyx; 2. fruit.

Cocoa or Cacao. 1, flower; 2, pod; 3, section of pod.

Cocoa plant

Cocoa or Cacao. 1, flower; 2, pod; 3, section of pod.

Caulicle well lengthened and root beginning; thick cotyledons partly spreading; plumule (pair of leaves) growing between them.

Common Bean Seedling

Caulicle well lengthened and root beginning; thick cotyledons partly spreading; plumule (pair of leaves)…

An illustration of a small corn plant including the roots.

Corn Sprout

An illustration of a small corn plant including the roots.

The cotton plant.

Cotton

The cotton plant.

A cotton plant.

cotton plant

A cotton plant.

Seed covers placed on water and on a piece of glass. Both sets have sugar crystals placed in them. The covers on the water had water in them, which shows that the sugar in the seed helps to draw in water through the cover when placed in moist soil

Seed Covers

Seed covers placed on water and on a piece of glass. Both sets have sugar crystals placed in them. The…

A shallow bowl, with two sheets of paper and seeds inside.

Uncovered dish

A shallow bowl, with two sheets of paper and seeds inside.

A detached embryo from an Abronia umbellata.

Abronia umbellata Embryo

A detached embryo from an Abronia umbellata.

A detached embryo from a Barberry

Barberry Embryo

A detached embryo from a Barberry

A detached embryo from a Mirabilis, showing the very broad and leaf-like cotyledons, applied face to face, and the pair incurved.

Mirabilis Embryo

A detached embryo from a Mirabilis, showing the very broad and leaf-like cotyledons, applied face to…

A detached embryo from a Peony

Peony Embryo

A detached embryo from a Peony

A detached embryo from a Potato-seed.

Potato-seed Embryo

A detached embryo from a Potato-seed.

Fig plant.

Fig plant

Fig plant.

"Seeds Germinating. The central figure shows a plant which has newly appeared above ground." -Whitney, 1911

Germination

"Seeds Germinating. The central figure shows a plant which has newly appeared above ground." -Whitney,…

Advanced stage of germination; caulicle or priamry stem, cotyleaons or seed-leaves, and the root well developed.

Morning Glory Germination

Advanced stage of germination; caulicle or priamry stem, cotyleaons or seed-leaves, and the root well…

Grain of Indian Corn in germination; the ascending sprout is the first leaf of the plumule, enclosing the younger leaves within; at its base the primary root has broken through.

Indian Corn Grain

Grain of Indian Corn in germination; the ascending sprout is the first leaf of the plumule, enclosing…

Grain of Indian Corn in advanced germination; the second and third leaves developing, while the sheathing first leaf does not further develop.

Indian Corn Grain

Grain of Indian Corn in advanced germination; the second and third leaves developing, while the sheathing…

Layering is a method of plant propagation by which a part of the plant is bent down and covered with soil, so that it may emit roots before being separated from the parent plant. in some instances, it is sufficient to remove all buds from the shoot, with the exception of a few near its extremity, and to bend it and peg it down so that a part of its proximal end is buried beneath the soil. In others it is necessary partly to cut through the stem at the point where it is to be covered with soil.

Layering Method of Plant Propagation

Layering is a method of plant propagation by which a part of the plant is bent down and covered with…

Lentile, a species of pulse or bean.

Lentile

Lentile, a species of pulse or bean.

Lilium Chalcedonicum, or lily, a type of flowering plant.

Lilium Chalcedonicum

Lilium Chalcedonicum, or lily, a type of flowering plant.

Seedling Maple, of the natural size; the root well supplied with root hairs, here large enough to be seen by the naked eye.

Maple Seedling

Seedling Maple, of the natural size; the root well supplied with root hairs, here large enough to be…

A Red Maple seedling with next joint of stem and leaves apparent.

Maple Seedling

A Red Maple seedling with next joint of stem and leaves apparent.

A Red Maple seedling with parts full-grown and bud at apex for further growth.

Maple Seedling

A Red Maple seedling with parts full-grown and bud at apex for further growth.

Early state of germination.

Morning Glory Germination

Early state of germination.

Myrrh, found in the old testament of the bible as one of the three gifts given to Jesus on the day of his birth.

Myrrh

Myrrh, found in the old testament of the bible as one of the three gifts given to Jesus on the day of…

A beautiful and fragrant evergreen tree.

Myrtle

A beautiful and fragrant evergreen tree.

This shows a sprouting acorn (Keeler, 1915).

Acorn

This shows a sprouting acorn (Keeler, 1915).

An oak seedling.

Oak-seedling

An oak seedling.

Germinating onion, morre advanced; the chink at base of cotyledon opening for the protrusion of the plumule, consisting of a thread-shaped leaf.

Onion

Germinating onion, morre advanced; the chink at base of cotyledon opening for the protrusion of the…

Section of the base of germinating onion, showing plumule enclosed.

Onion

Section of the base of germinating onion, showing plumule enclosed.

Section of the base of germinating onion, showing plumule emerging.

Onion

Section of the base of germinating onion, showing plumule emerging.

Later stage of germinating onion, upper part cut off.

Onion

Later stage of germinating onion, upper part cut off.

Section of an Onion-seed, showing the slender and the coiled embryo in the albumen.

Onion Seed

Section of an Onion-seed, showing the slender and the coiled embryo in the albumen.

Seed of an onion, in an early germination stage.

Onion-seed

Seed of an onion, in an early germination stage.

Embryo of pea, i.e. a pea with the coats removed; the short and thick caulicle presented to view.

Pea Embryo

Embryo of pea, i.e. a pea with the coats removed; the short and thick caulicle presented to view.

An illustration of a pea sprout including the roots.

Pea Sprout

An illustration of a pea sprout including the roots.

"Germinating peas, growing in water, one deprived of its cotyledons." -Bergen, 1896

Germinating Peas

"Germinating peas, growing in water, one deprived of its cotyledons." -Bergen, 1896

"Soaked Peas in stoppered bottle, ready for exhaustion of air." -Bergen, 1896

Soaked Peas

"Soaked Peas in stoppered bottle, ready for exhaustion of air." -Bergen, 1896

Section of a seed of a Peony, showing a very small embryo in the albumen, near one end.

Peony

Section of a seed of a Peony, showing a very small embryo in the albumen, near one end.

The flat, heart shaped body which results from the development of a spore of a fern.

Prothallus (under side)

The flat, heart shaped body which results from the development of a spore of a fern.

Seed of a Linden or Basswood cut through lengthwise, the parts lettered: <em>a</em>, the hilum or scar; <em>b</em>, the outer coat; <em>c</em>, the inner; <em>d</em>, the alhumen; <em>e</em>, the embryo.

Seed

Seed of a Linden or Basswood cut through lengthwise, the parts lettered: a, the hilum or scar;…

"Cycas circinalis. Diagram of longitudinal section of a nearly mature seed; o, outer fleshy layer, with a bundle (o1) of the outer vascular system; s, stony layer of integument; i, inneer fleshy layer, with a bundle (i1) of the inner vascular system; c, central vascular bundle." -Gager, 1916

Seed Sections

"Cycas circinalis. Diagram of longitudinal section of a nearly mature seed; o, outer fleshy layer, with…

A seedling of the bean.

Seedling

A seedling of the bean.

A more advanced seedling of the bean.

Seedling

A more advanced seedling of the bean.

A seedling of the pea plant .

Seedling

A seedling of the pea plant .

A seedling from a grain of corn.

Seedling

A seedling from a grain of corn.