The first set of leaves a cannabis plant makes to process sunlight. Unlike the pointy, serrated cannabis leaves we’re all familiar with, cotyledons are tiny, round, and smooth. Cotyledons are actually formed in the cannabis seed itself
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- Seed leaf
- Embryonic leaf
- Germination leaf
- First leaf
- Primary leaf
1. What is a cotyledon?
A cotyledon is a part of a plant embryo that serves as a food source for the developing seedling. It is the first leaf-like structure that emerges from the seed upon germination.
2. How many cotyledons do plants have?
Plants can have either one or two cotyledons, depending on their classification. Monocots, such as grasses and lilies, have one cotyledon, while dicots, such as beans and roses, have two.
3. What is the function of cotyledons?
Cotyledons provide the developing seedling with nutrients and energy until it is able to produce its own food through photosynthesis. They also help to protect the delicate shoot and root systems as they emerge from the seed.
4. Can cotyledons be eaten?
In some cultures, cotyledons are consumed as a source of nutrition. For example, mung bean sprouts, which are grown from the cotyledons of the mung bean, are a popular ingredient in Asian cuisine.
5. How can I ensure healthy cotyledon growth in my plants?
Proper watering, adequate sunlight, and appropriate soil conditions are all important factors in promoting healthy cotyledon growth. It is also important to avoid over-fertilizing, as this can lead to stunted growth or damage to the cotyledons.