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Time Lapse Video of Germination: From Seed to Sprout

Two weeks ago, while on a Target excursion, my son Aidan and I spied these cute little seed pots at the front of the store in the $1 section. They included a tiny 2" plastic pot, a handful of seeds and one of those sponge-like soil discs that expand when you soak them in water. He picked out a pine tree variety and I grabbed the sunflowers. When we got home, we excitedly opened the package and started soaking our soil pods, which became an adequate little scoop of soil to put into our respective pots. Next, we opened the seed packs and lightly sprinkled them atop the soil, then watered it as directed and put it in the kitchen windowsill.

I felt as though I was in kindergarten again. Like when we stuck toothpicks through an avocado seed, submerge it in water and wait for the roots to grow. It was so exciting! For nearly a week, we waited... and THEN both little pots started sprouting. I knew that this would happen. I mean, it's a seed in soil, that's what it does, right? But Aidan and I were so stoked about each little baby step that our baby plants were making. Today is our two week mark and this is how far we have come. Aren't they awesome? In another week or so, we might need to transplant them into larger pots. As long as we keep them alive and thriving, I think I shall update with progress photos. In the meantime, here is a little information about how seeds become what they become; and a rad time lapse video of radish seeds germinating and sprouting.

*Time lapse sequence shot using Pentax K110D and Harbortronics DigiSnap 2100 set to take a frame each 14 minutes 24 seconds. The time lapse spans 9 days. Two 90 watt compact floresecent lights where used for both the camera shooting light and the grow lights. The lights were set on a timer for 18 hours on and 6 off (for the health of the plants). The jump in the video is the 6 hour gap in the darkness. Amazing how fast the radishes grew. Music by Roland White - Gaieté Acadienne [CD-Trying to Get to You].


Reader Comments (4)

I love that feeling! last summer my sister and I planted a whole garden of seedlings. It was better than television!

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermumbles

please keep us updated!

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfrankie

Awesome sprouts!

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMadness

I'm 'rooting' for the pine tree! hehe. ;-) Go Aidan!

sorry mom, lol. just kidding.

I totally remember doing that in grade school, and I'm going to Target tomorrow....they better have those...

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTiger
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