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Sunflower Project #2

Concerning the sunflower project were currently working on, we have come across some issues with planting the sunflowers. Though we did some research none of the members were really experts so we were not 100% sure we were planting the sunflowers correctly. Initially, we had each seed inside soil in each of the pots down below and would water it every 2 or 3 days and they were positioned so they would get a good amount of sunlight (photo below).

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After a few weeks green leaves were growing, which in the beginning we thought they were the start of the sunflowers but realized they might be weeds or other plants but definitely not sunflowers.

 

We decided we need teachers who are knowledgable about sunflowers to help us. After a visit with Mr. Rossing, he willingly helped us. He said that the seeds need to germinate first, meaning we need to see if they will sprout and then once we know, then we can start planting.

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He showed me and provided me everything to germinate the seeds. You first had to dampen paper towels and stick them in a beaker, then place 8-10 seeds on the side so they’re visible and you can see if they’re germinating or not. Its placed in a glass case and sealed to keep the moisture in. The beaker of water thats also placed inside helps with the moisture which helps the seeds germinate. Then its placed where it gets sunlight and for the nighttime and the periods of time where there is not any sun, an incandescent light bulb is placed on the side of the glass case to act as sunlight. A thermometer placed inside will tell us the temperature usually around 25 degrees celsius, which is the ideal temperature.

It has been a week and when I visited the seeds around 5 days after the process started, one seed was successfully germinating, with purple roots growing out of the seed. After two weeks, hopefully most of the seeds are germinating and then we can start growing them in pots and in real soil!

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