The Life Cycle of Fast Plants®

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

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Lessons & Investigations

Find learning materials and classroom activities to use for all ages.

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09/19/2017

Physical Environment: Growing Healthy Fast Plants

Growing healthy Fast Plants is easy if you understand how the environment can affect growth and development. Three broad categories of environmental factors influence how an individual plant matures through its life cycle: 1) the physical environment, 2) the chemical environment, 3) the biological environment. This post is part of a series explaining how key environmental factors–physical, chemical, and biological–can impact plants, Wisconsin Fast Plants in particular. Our ...

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08/11/2017

Counting Leaf Hairs on Fast Plants for Selection Experiments

Hairs are not often a trait that we associate with plants. However, of all the traits that students might observe in a population of Fast Plants, we can learn a lot about variation and natural selection by counting and selecting for the number of hairs on a leaf margin. Selective breeding to increase (or decrease) hairiness can provide an excellent opportunity ...

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04/03/2017

2017 National Science Teachers Association Conference

NSTA 2017 in Los Angeles Thank you–everyone–who came to share and learn with us at our booth in the exhibit hall of the LA Convention Center and at the Elementary Extravaganza. We had a blast! The following is the handout from our booth with hyperlinks to the resources. Please feel free to comment with any additional links you’d like help ...

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