Grower's Calendar

Follow the grower's calendar for Fast Plants® to help get your plan underway. Use the links to find more detailed instructions about each task.

Fill in the dates as you plan for planting and growing your Fast Plants®.

Task Day of Cycle (time required) Activities
Preparation
Start (1 1/2 hrs)

Date:____________

  1. Assemble light bank and rack or light box.
  2. Set up reservoirs.
  3. Saturate water mat according to growing instructions.
  4. Arrange all planting materials.

Planting

Day 1 (1 hr)

Date:____________

  1. Plan to start life cycle on a Monday or Tuesday.
  2. Plant, water from above, label, set planters (quads, deli containers, or bottle tops) on water source (watermat or water reservoir bottom) with soil surface 5–10 cm (~2 inches) from the lights.
Germination
Days 2– 3

Date:____________

  1. Water from top with pipet.
  2. Cotyledons emerge.
Tending
Days 4–5 (30 min)

Date:____________

  1. Thin to 1 plant per cell.
  2. Transplant if necessary to obtain 1 plant in every cell.
  3. Check the water level in the reservoir!
Growth
Days 6–11 (15 min/day)

Date:____________

  1. Check plants and reservoir level daily throughout the rest of the life cycle.
  2. Observe growth and development.
Flowering
Day 12 (30 min)

Date:____________

  1. Flower buds beginning to open.
  2. Make bee sticks.
Pollination
Days 13–18 (15 min/day)

Date:____________

  1. Pollinate for 2–3 consecutive days.
  2. On the last day of pollination, pinch off any remaining unopened buds.
Seed Development Days 17–35 (10 min/day)

Date:____________

  1. Observe seed pod development.
  2. Embryos mature in 20 days.
Seed Maturation
Day 36 (30 min)

Date:____________

  1. Twenty days after the last pollination, remove plants from water reservoir.
  2. Allow plants to dry for 5 days
Harvesting
Day 40 (30 min)

Date:____________

  1. Harvest seeds from dry pods.
  2. Clean up all equipment.
  3. Plant your own seeds or store them appropriately.
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