Let it GROW! Winning Classroom Planting Projects

How-to-Grow-Grass-in-the-ClassroomThe Question:

We want to grow plants in cups. What kind of seed is actually going to grow?

 
 The Answers:
Lisa Marie
Grass seeds are great…then it looks like hair.

 

Mary Ann
Put a photo of the student’s head on the outside of the cup and it looks like his/her hair as it grows.
Carol
Sunflowers, marigolds.
Cheryl
Bean seeds have always worked for me.
Brooke
Lima beans
Kerry
Lima beans! They curled up my window blind pulls one year!
We also have good luck with mixed wildflower seeds. We observe the differences in the seeds and then the differences in the plants. We try to identify what each one is as they get bigger. (Save the packet to give you a point of reference!)
Jennifer
Beans sprout fast
Heather
Beans.
Stefanie
Marigolds, sunflowers, tomatoes, zucchini, lily bulbs…all things we’ve planted and grown successfully over the years. I use styrofoam cups.
Alexis
I’d do a variety. Sunflowers, marigolds, beans are all fast sprouting. Then your children can compare how fast they grow and how they look! You could even do it “blind” so they have to guess which plant is which based on their observations!
Gail
Pumpkin seeds we saved from our jack-o-lantern.
Mimi
Grass, then draw faces on the cups.
Tallie
Sunflowers!
Elizabeth
Sunflower seeds 🌻
Janet
Bean seeds in baggie with wet paper towel. You can watch them grow, journal it, and bring home to plant.
Amy
Zinnia seeds sprout in just a few days!
Megan
I grow “cat grass”
Penny
Sunflowers
Noel
I do a type of green bean *Magic Beans* 😃 I grow them in a clear, short Solo Cup so they can see the roots!
Kim
Grass seeds. Grow fast and full. We add paper flowers.
Laura
I always have great luck with Lima beans!
Amy
Sunflowers 🌻
Barbara
I have them put 3 green bean seeds (soaked overnight to give them a head start) in a snack sized baggie with 3 wet cotton balls. I then tape them up in our window for light and observation. They sprout within 2-3 days and they check them every time they can get over to the window. As they start to grow a stem I open up the baggie to let it grow out of the top. We take them home once they can see sprout, root, stem and leaves.
Tiffany
Sunflowers!!
Anne
Radish seeds
Leigh
Green beans- grow like crazy and fast!
Deb
Beans!
Cheryl
Grass, then draw a face on the cup and the grass becomes hair.
Kim
Marigolds and sunflowers 🌻
Ryan
Pumpkin and sweet corn.
Jamie
Yes, beans! We often use Lima beans and kidney beans from the grocery store! Grass grows well too! And the kids have fun “cutting” their grass.
Lauri
Any kind of bean
Amy
Lima beans are cheap and work great. Soak them in water first.
Stephanie
We grow carrots, radishes, marigolds, pumpkins and corn. We then observe them to see which seeds germinate faster, etc.
Samantha
We plant sunflowers 🌻
Sara
I did the Three Sisters – squash, corn , green beans all in the same cup ! There r stories about the Native Americans planting the Three Sisters – the kids loved it !
I also did grass – the kids drew a face on the cup- grass was the hair then I let them use scissors and give it a haircut !! Let it grow some more then send it home 😁
Melina
Grass
Sharon
Radishes!
Mary
Sunflowers
Lisa
Pole beans are amazing!
Jennifer
Limas
Beverly
Parsley….my kids put soil in plastic cups, sprinkled seeds and then covered them with a bit of soil. Using plastic wrap, we made a greenhouse and the parsley grew. Also lima beans are great to plant. You don’t even have to soak them. I use a big plastic see through planter, put soil in it and then have the kids push the lima beans into the planter
Desiree
Beans and marigolds
Meggie
Grass seed or wheat berries!
Ginger
Marigolds are great. Plant in small plastic cups and save an old plastic cupcake box from the Wal-Mart bakery for a mini greenhouse to get them started. Then they can be transplanted into small pots to take home. My class did this for Mother’s Day one year.
Alicia
Sun flowers!
Teresa
Sunflowers
Marian
Pumpkin seeds from your October pumpkin. Nasturtiums, peas, beans, Sunflowers, marigold. Any good seed should grow. Put them in a sunny, not direct sun window.
Glenda
Not the ones I used!
Malia
Lima beans… they sprout fast and grow tall
Peg
Four o clocks
Kathy
I always had good success with Marigolds and the kids loved taking home the little plants for Mother’s day🌼
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