Los Feliz Charter for the Arts: Germination

In October the Garden teacher Jenn showed the kinder and pre-K how to start wild sunflowers by harvesting the finished blooms and spreading the seeds in the garden, here is their result:  this art school is sure a beauty. This bed was empty in October, good job kids.  These are about 7-8 feet high.

Kinder and pre K took seeds and look what it is now!

Kinder and pre K took seeds and look what it is now!

So now that we are the official sunflower school, the second grade is geeking out with their science, we are harvesting and germinating our own seeds. We cut down what appears to be dead flowers, and get the seeds out.

harvested sunflowers

harvested sunflowers

Carefully finding the viable seeds.

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Then we place the seeds on a damp napkin, and put in a ziplock bag to keep moist.

These sunflowers are ready for our germination test

These sunflowers are ready for our germination
test

We ziplock the moisture in and will watch them to see how long they take to sprout. Name, date and details are noted on the baggie, we will write the date on the bags when we see the first sprouts.

Notating data on the sunflower seeds.

Notating data on the sunflower seeds.

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