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Where do seeds come from?

So, you have learned that plants grow from seeds. This is called germination. But, where do seeds come from? 

All plants need to be pollinated to make new seeds. And plants become pollinated by insects, such as bees.  

To attract insects, flowers look colorful and smell nice. They also have nectar in their flowers, which is very tasty to bees and provides the bees with energy. 

However, climate change means that the number of bees is going down.  

There are a few reasons for this. One reason is that the increased temperatures make the plants smell differently, so the bees cannot find their way to the plants for food. There are also infections that can make bees poorly, which is more likely when the earth is hotter.  

But without bees, there will be no plants. 


How you can help save bees.

You can help by planting wildflowers for bees to live in.

Or, if you see a poorly bee struggling to fly, you can ask an adult to offer it surgary water on a spoon as this might make it stronger. Remember to take caution though as bees can sting. For example, place the spoon down next to the bee and then step away to allow it to take the water and fly away.