Introduction to Plant Growth

Identify the key elements and processes in plant growth

Most plants continue to grow throughout their lives. Like other multicellular organisms, plants grow through a combination of cell growth and cell division. Cell growth increases cell size, while cell division (mitosis) increases the number of cells.

What You’ll Learn to Do

  • Describe the way that plants grow
  • Distinguish between primary growth and secondary growth in stems
  • Understand how hormones affect plant growth and development

Learning Activities

The learning activities for this section include the following:

  • How Plants Grow
  • Stem Growth
  • Growth Responses
  • Self Check: Plant Growth