February 20: creating new plants

February 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

Today’s five minute activity was really a science experiment. We are trying to see if we can start a new geranium plant from a cutting. Supposedly, we can. I love rose geraniums because my grandma had them when I was a kid, and my favorite thing to do was rub my hands with a rose geranium leaf before leaving her house to go home. My little helper (a yellow belt in karate as of today, thank you very much) cut off some leaves, and I got a planter and potting soil. He put the leaves into the soil (ah, the smell and feel of soft soil — spring is coming and this brings me joy), we covered the whole thing with a plastic bag (don’t ask me why, the instructions said so, and I am a mathematician and not a scientist), and put it in the window between the “adult” plants. Will these leaves really grow roots? Oh, the miracles of nature!

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