April 2005

Asexual Propagation

Both plants and people can propagate through sexual reproduction, but obviously, this isn't true of asexual propagation: A severed human toe doesn't sprout a new person, nor does the person sprout a new toe!

Here we'll describe the most common types of asexual propagation methods used in the classroom setting: cuttings and division.

Propagation by Seed

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Download the pdf attachment Seeds the Promise of Life for more information about starting seeds with your class and some activities to use with your curious gardeners.

Development of Seeds

Seeds develop from the sexual reproductive parts found in the flower. The female part is called the pistil and the male part is called the stamen. (You can find a full description of the creation of seeds, including details about pollination and fertilization, in the "Seed to Seed 101" article on page 7 of our pdf newsletter Seeds: The Promise of Life attached at the bottom of this page).

Plant Propagation Basics

Starting a new plant is a wonderful experience for a child. First they experience excitement as they watch something they planted change and grow. They come to feel pride in their work and enthusiastically monitor their plant's progress. Through nurturing a living thing, kids have the opportunity to hone observational skills, learn about how plants reproduce, and to study basic botany and plant processes.

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