Growing Up - Seeds

A hand gently holding an American Chestnut nut just above the soil. The nut is growing a delicate white root..

That's my Uncle Chester
when he grew his first tiny root.
An American Chestnut nut.Like most plants, members of my family start life as a seed, and we need water, oxygen and warm temperatures to grow.

Once a seed gets wet, it soaks up the water and swells rapidly. If the soil is warm enough, the seed will use the soil's oxygen to burn the starch it has stored inside. This is how it produces energy to grow.

Then a tiny root appears. This tiny root helps the seed absorb more water and nutrients from the soil. One day, the sapling will pop out of the ground, lifting skyward with the stem and leaves.