Kids' Sprout Zone

Kids' Sprout Zone

Kidz Zone: Sprouting for Kids

 

Sprout Truths and Experiments for Kidz

This is the place to be if you think seeds are cool. Well, it is at least one of the places to be. We really want to do this up big time, but we have to satisfy adults (and they can be very demanding =:-) who want to buy our seeds and supplies, so this area of our site is kind of slow to evolve. If you can send us links or info, we'd love it. Let's get going - here's a picture with words you may not know, but will soon if you read and click around a little.....

seed diagram

Who are us?

We Sproutpeople have grown a whole lot (over 200 tons) of sprouts, so we know something about germination and seeds. We like seeds. We put in a garden back in 1989 and we were so turned on by the way plants grew and how the fruits of those plants contained so many seeds (we could grow hundreds of plants only a year after planting one seed and growing the plant that seed produced for one Summer), that we left city (Seattle, at that point - though we'd started our life together in San Francisco) life, moved to the middle of nowhere (deep, southern Illinois) - started planting more seeds and raising chickens and goats along with our 3 very happy dogs and 2 very pissed off cats.

We didn't last long in the middle of nowhere Illinois - long story - but even though we moved to the middle of nowhere (southwestern) Wisconsin after selling our goats and giving away our chickens (the few the foxes hadn't got to) we were still seed crazy - and we still are.

The big joke is - we started by wanting to grow one seed into thousands - by saving the seeds produced by the plants we grew - and now we grow seeds into sprouts - we use thousands of seeds to produce just a little tiny bit of food (for example - we use as many seeds to produce 5 pounds of Broccoli Sprouts as a farmer would use to plant a whole acre - to grow thousands of big ol' Heads o' Broccoli). Life is a trip! Enjoy the ride =;-D

 

There really is a lot of fun stuff here - or there will be - sometime, but for now we just had to get something started, so:

Here is a basic description of seeds that I lifted from another site:

The Structure of a Seed: The hard outer portion of the seed is known as the seed coat. The inside of the seed is called the embryo. The embryo consists of some basic structures. These are the hypocotyl (hy puh kaht uhl), which will eventually become the shoot or stem; the radicle (rad ih kuhl), which is the basis for the root of the plant, and the epicotyl (ep uh kaht uhl), the first true leaves. The seed also (usually) contains cotyledons (kaht uh lee duhnz). The cotyledons are the seed leaves. The first one or two little leaves that appear on a seedling. They are not true leaves, but are actually food storage organs.

A new seedling is not capable of producing it's own food. Food is stored in the cotyledons for the new plant to use until it is capable of photosynthesis. The seeds of some plants produce two cotyledons; these are named dicotyledonous (dy kaht uh lee duhn uhs), but are called dicots (dy kahts) for short. Tomatoes and beans are dicots. Other plants produce seeds which have only one cotyledon. These are named monocotyledonous (mahn uh kaht uh lee duhn uhs) or monocots (mahn uh kahts).

Corn, and most grasses, are monocots. Monocot seedlings also contain endosperm, which is another source of food for the seedling. This is not a complete explanation, as it gets more complicated than that, but for now, all we need is the basic knowledge that a radicle is the root, etc.



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