A dandelion’s life cycle is divided into three stages: germination, blooming, and reproduction. The seed must take root and begin to grow during the germination period. The flowering stage is when the plant grows a stalk and a flower, whereas the reproductive stage is when the plant produces seeds and prepares for the winter.
When a seed lands in ideal growing conditions, it enters the germination stage. Moisture-rich soil with ample of sunlight and a temperature of around 77 degrees Fahrenheit are typical of these conditions. During germination, the seedling stage occurs, when the plant grows leaves and roots. For eight to fifteen weeks, dandelions are at the seedling stage.
Flowering is the next stage. Before the plant can flower, it has to grow a 6 to 24 inch long stem. The blossoming stage begins at this point. Dandelions are tough, and even if they are moved or eaten, they will bloom again.
When the blossom transforms into dozens of tiny seeds, the reproductive stage begins. Dandelions reproduce without pollen because they are asexual. When the seeds are ripe, they are linked to white floating structures called pappuses and float away from the original plant to germinate elsewhere. A dandelion lies dormant in the winter after losing its seeds, then emerges in the spring to produce fresh blossoms.