fast plant seeds

Fast plant seeds

1. Approximately 20 days after last pollination, when the ends of the pods are changing from green to brown, remove the fast plant wickpots (quads or bottles) from the water reservoir.

2. Let plants dry for 7 days until pods are crisp and brown.

3. Cut plants off and place them in a paper bag. Label the bag with the planting and pollination information.

4. If pods are not crisp, let pods dry further in bag.

5. Staple bag shut, then break up pods thoroughly by crushing them in the bag to release the seeds.

6. Pour seed and chaff into shallow tray.

7. Pick out the large pieces of stems, leaves, and the remaining pod pieces.

8. Gently blow on remaining mixture. The chaff should blow away, leaving clean seeds. You may wish to do this outside.

9. Place your clean, dried seeds into a labeled envelope.

10. Store envelopes in a zipper-type sandwich bag in refrigerator. For optimal ong-term (12-month) storage, add silica gel in the bag to remove any remaining moisture. Seeds stored under these conditions will remain viable for many years.

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Fast plant seeds

Fast Plant Life Cycle

The entire life cycle for Fast Plants(TM) is extremely short, and under ideal growing conditions of continuous light, water, and nutrition, plants will produce harvestable seeds approximately 40 days after planting.

Click on the days in the Life Cycle below to learn more about the life cycle . . .

Note: The days listed here are a general guide. The rate of growth may vary depending on temperature, soil type, humidity, light, and other environmental factors. Refer to the Troubleshooting page if you think your plants are growing too slowly.

Stems elongate at the internodes, which is the space between the nodes (where the leaves attach). The elongation allows the plant to grow taller and spread out the leaves and flowers so they are in the best position to do their jobs. Stems allow food, water, and minerals to move throughout the plant.

Leaves contain many pores (called stomates) on their surfaces that allow the plant to ?breathe? by uptaking carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air, and then expelling oxygen (O2). A green pigment, called chlorophyll, causes the leaves to appear green and captures energy from light. When CO2 and water are combined in the presence of light, the plant makes its own food, called carbohydrates (or sugar). This amazing process is called photosynthesis.

Underground, the roots grow downward. Roots anchor the plants into the soil so they don?t blow or wash away. Root hairs absorb water and nutrients from the surrounding soil and bring them to the rest of the plant. Most of the water is not used for photosynthesis, however; water is used to cool the plant as by evaporating from the leaves.

The bright yellow petals may catch your eye — and the eye of insects. The petals form a beacon that lets insects know that there is food available. Hidden deep inside the flower are nectaries, which produce nectar. Nectar is a sweet, sugar-rich substance that insects love to eat. That?s why bees and butterflies are attracted to flowers — they’re hungry!

In exchange for food, insects pollinate flowers. When an insect moves from flower to flower looking for nectar, pollen from each flower gets caught in the insect?s body hairs and is transferred to other flowers. After pollen has landed on the tip of another flower?s pistil, it grows a tube down into the pistil, where the eggs are housed. Sperm (from inside the pollen) are then able move down the tube until they reach the eggs and fertilize them. The fertilized eggs then become the embryos of new seeds through a process called embryogenesis.

After the seeds have dried out completely, they are ready to be planted or stored. Inside each seed is a tiny embryo, waiting for water and warmth so it can germinate into a new plant, and another life cycle can begin.

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