seed·​ling | \ ˈsēd-liŋ How to pronounce seedling (audio) \

Definition of seedling

1 : a young plant grown from seed
2a : a young tree before it becomes a sapling
b : a nursery plant not yet transplanted

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seedling 2a: 1 primary root, 2 rootlet, 3 root hairs, 4 hypocotyl, 5 cotyledon, 6 young stem, 7 true leaf

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This portable greenhouse gives your seedlings and younger plants the perfect conditions to grow, making the process of creating a home garden that much easier. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Got a Green Thumb? You Need to Buy This $50 Greenhouse From Amazon," 15 Mar. 2019 The seedlings are 1-year old Blue Spruce trees grown at the University of Idaho. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "April showers us with fresh produce, jazz and laughs | Idaho Statesman," 31 Mar. 2018 Transplants, which are seedlings started in the current growing season and sold in bunches, are available from nurseries and by mail order. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Onions," 1 Feb. 2018 The Rotary Club will also celebrate Arbor Day again by giving all second-grade students at St. Ambrose a tree seedling to plant. 'sam' Boyer/special To,, "It's a mysterious case of the cloned building: Whit and Whimsey," 30 Mar. 2018 Like tomatoes, ground cherries sprout roots along their stems, so plant seedlings deeply, leaving three sets of leaves above the soil line. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Hundreds of Ground Cherries," 31 July 2018 Households will also be able to grow as many as four cannabis plants for personal use, from seeds or seedlings from a licensed supplier. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Canada to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use in Mid-October," 20 June 2018 Giant hogweed doesn't grow to 14 feet overnight; the seedlings and saplings start out much smaller. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 411 on Giant Hogweed, the Invasive Plant That Can Cause Severe Burns and Blisters," 16 July 2018 In the North, start seedlings indoors in late February or early March. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Garden-Fresh Asparagus," 19 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of seedling

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of seedling

: a young plant that is grown from seed


seed·​ling | \ ˈsēd-liŋ How to pronounce seedling (audio) \

Kids Definition of seedling

1 : a young plant grown from seed
2 : a young tree before it becomes a sapling

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