Science fair

leah_kristinaFebruary 7, 2006

(my question for the science fair is how does music affect the growth of plants?))... hey. i have a couple of questions for you.if you could e mial me back i would be very happy. okai my first question is what types of plants are best to do this project with? 2nd what types of music are best to do this project with? and last thing have you ever herd of a plant called Mimosa Pudica? and if you have where can you get it and how much would it cost ..well can you even get it in canada??? aso if that plant is avabile wil it work? thank you very much please emial me backk...thanks Leah and Kristinaaa

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Leah and Kristina,

I think houseplants would be best. That way you can do your experiemnt indoors. Ask at a nursery for something which is easy and grows quickly. If you go to a good nursery, someone there can help you. Make sure you pick plants as identical in size as possible, same height, same number of stems, etc.

The music would be your choice, classical, rock, whatever.

Never heard of Mimosa Pudica, sorry.

Be sure to include all the proper parts of a science experiment: question, procedure, materials, hypothesis, results and conclusion.

Don't forget to carefully measure plants before the experiment, count leaves, if possible.

Remember the plants have to be treated in exactly the same way. Same amounts of water, same amounts of sunlight, etc. If you give them plant food, they must get exactly the same amount.

When your experiment is over, you can measure the height of the plants to compare. Look for other ways to compare, such as number of leaves, leaf width, color.

Good luck.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2006 at 10:05PM
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brucelofland(5b KS)

Mimosa Pudica is the Sensitve Plant. I just got some seeds at The seeds take 21-30 days to germinate. I don't know if this would be good for a music experiment though as they are know for rapid movement when touched. The Semaphore Plant, Desmodium gyrans, might be fun to experiment with music. Its leaves move rapidly, some say in time to music. It is sometimes called the Dancing Plant for this reason.

If the experiment is to see how music affects growth, I would use things like lima beans or carrot tops since you can get these in your kitchen and they grow quickly.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   March 11, 2006 at 9:47PM
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