Exploring Germination

staples Slip 3 folded, damped paper towels into the bag. Place 5 staples about half way up the bag. View Full Size
insert beans Slide in 3-5 beans. The staples will keep them in the right place so that there's room for the roots to grow. View Full Size
roots Three days after "planting" the first roots appear. View Full Size
First shoots A few days later: The stems start to push upward. View Full Size
Growing stems After ten days the leaves begin to peek out of the seed coat. View Full Size
First leaves Two weeks: the first true leaves appear while the stem continues to grow and grow! View Full Size
Growing leaves How tall will they get? (Larry is sure they'll touch the ceiling!) View Full Size


1. Place a damp, folded paper towel into a zip lock bag.

2. Insert 5 staples about half way up the bag. This will keep the beans in the right place so that there's room to watch the roots grow.

3. Place a few beans into the bag.

4. Tape the bag onto a wall or window. Add water as needed to keep the paper towel damp.

5. Watch what happens!  

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