Seed Growth and Volunteer Plants

It is always an exciting class when planted seeds spring to life.

Using “Life Cycle of a Plant” diagrams, students are able to track the growth of their seeds week to week.

This week at Cheremoya, we were able to see the growth rate one week after planting and several rain days.

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Students are also able to compare the rate of their seed’s growth alongside the rate of their classmates’ seeds, bringing the lesson to life – just because the same seeds are planted on the same day, at the same time, doesn’t mean they all grow at the same rate.

We brainstorm in class what can impact the rate of growth for a seed. Some ideas include placement of the seeds (in direct sun or in shade), distance to a water source and the existence of pests that like to devour the tasty new sprouts.

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A volunteer squash plant in our garden has also given us the opportunity to talk about how seeds get propagated when not by human hands.

Flo Razowsky