Various membrane-impermeable, water-soluble fluorescent tracers with different molecular weights were microinjected into the central cell of the embryo sac of Torenia fournieri Lind. before and during fertilization. Before anthesis, there was high symplastic permeability between the central cell and the egg apparatus cells. In this stage, fluorescent tracers up to 10 kDa could pass from the central cell into the egg apparatus cells, whereas those with larger molecular weight remained in the central cell. As the embryo sac matured, symplastic permeability decreased such that 2 d after anthesis only tracers less than 3 kDa could spread from the central cell into the egg cell. There appeared to be no symplastic permeability between the primary endosperm and zygote after fertilization, since tracers as small as 521 Da could not pass into the zygote in about half of the microinjected embryo sacs. This is the first report of a change in cell-to-cell communication among the cells of the female germ unit before and after fertilization.