Plant Experiment

By Susie Sheehan
With the help of Maria, Zosia, and Alec

Question or problem
Observations and Data

Question or Problem

Does the amount of time watering the plant affect the
height of the plant in 2 weeks?


I think that the plant that is watered 3 times a week will
grow the highest in 2 weeks.

This is the data before what we started the experiment (Plan)

Soil - Normal Dirt
Seed - Lima Bean Seeds
Amount of Water - 70 ml
Watering schedule
-Monday - Maria, Zosia,
-Tuesday - Maria, Alec
-Wednesday - Maria, Zosia, Susie
-Thursday - Maria, Alec
-Friday - Maria, Zosia
Amount of Plants - Four


How Deep is the seed? - 1
regular teaspoon deep.
Light - Natural light.



The 70ml Water
table spoon

Lima beans



First come up with our idea. We will put the dirt in the pots, measure and then plant the seeds and water it for
the first time and watch the plants grow as we follow our plan. But on the first day we will double water out
plants because it might not get enough water to even start growing so we will give our plants 140 ml of water
for the first day. Maria will water her plant 5 time a week, Alec will 2 times a week, Zosia will 3 times a week and
Susie 1 time a week. We will also take pictures of our materials and pictures of what we are doing. Then we will
put the pots that are on the dishes behind the couch on a low window sill. We will be watering in the morning.

Procedure cont


Susie’s Observation and Data
Water every Wednesday 70mls of Water


Nov.17- Soil is damp but not a lot.
Soil is crumbly. The soil is cold.
Beans starting to grow bigger
there is a little bit of germination
by a small, little root. There is no
germination in any of the other
seeds. No other notices in the soil
as far as I can see.

Nov.20- Soil very wet. Seed is
germinated so the seed is stuck to
the soil. And the seed is turning
green. There there is a root
growing on the other seeds

Nov. 25- Green leaf and small stem, I
noticed that I am the person that waters
every it is 2 millimeters tall. The soil is
very dry. Soil is starting to crumble.
Finding tiny stones, or rocks. The whole
seed is now green. The seed has risen.
And the plant has split open, and it looks
like there is skin on the seed. All seeds
are just under the thin layer. All the other
seeds have started to germinate and
they have all split open.

Susie observation and data
Dec.2 A lot of germination 220 mm tall
that is the tallest plant. The other plant is
170mm tall. The streams on both of the
plants are very strong. The leafs are on
average 350mm - 400mm. The stems
are hairy.
My plant has grown very
tall it is now 440mm

The last

the leafs are 6 cm long
and the longest is 8cm.


Zosia’s Observation and Data
Water Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 70ml

Nov. 17 - Soil is wet and
squishy. No roots but seed
grew a little larger. No
sprouts yet. The dirt is
cold. I think only one seed
is starting to germinate but
nothing happened with the
other ones. Only one little
root in one of the seeds.
Also the seed is cracking
open so I think that one
will grow.

Nov. 18 - Soil still wet and
cold even though I didn’t Nov. 20 - Dirt still cold
water today, its also
and wet I didn’t water
squishy and damp. The roottoday either. Tomorrow I
is coming out and it came water. The root from one
out more than yesterday. of my seeds is getting
No sprouts just 1 root fromlonger and a second root is
one seed. The crack is
coming out. The other
bigger than yesterday. I seeds grew bigger but still
think that the cracking
no roots for the other ones
seed will grow a sprout

Zosia observation and data
Dec. 2 - Soil very damp. All seeds
squished and white stuff coming out. No
way that any of my seeds will grow. I can
say goodbye to my experiment because
there is no way that any of my seeds will
grow and thats final. No seeds, no
growing, no germination. I’m so mad…
It’s annoying because at first I have a
root and I’m like “Omg! Mine will grow!”
And then the root falls off and no
growing AT ALL. Well
thats how it went so I don’t think I can
hope for germination. My seeds are
dead. Thats all

Dec. 9 - That’s all for today. No plant,
no hope. That’s it. I give up.


Alec’s Observation and Data
water every Tuesday Thursday

Nov. 18
Nov. 17-Soil is damp but Nothing has happened
not a lot. the soil is
even though I have
crumbly. No roots yet but watered my plan today.
the bean has germinated This was the second time I
and and also no shoots.
watered my plant and I
Only one bean has been think that my plant is not
showing for a long time growing because I am
but is not growing. No
watering only twice a
other observations of the week.My seeds have
other beans yet…
floated to the top and
grown bigger nothing root

Nov. 20
Soil is very wet because I
watered my today.
Nothing else has happened
so far. The seeds are still in
the same place and that is

Alecs observation and data
Dec.2 soil is very damp because i just
watered a second ago and there is no
growth and nothing else has happened
so far. there is still a crack in one seed.
there is no germination.

Dec.9 Nothing is happening and I think I
over watered my plant and
that it is dead.


Maria’s Observation and Data
Water every week day

Nov. 18- The soil is damp
Nov. 17- Soil is mushy and and squishy. The roots are
wet. The beans are NOT
showing but there are no
growing. They are not
roots!!! There are some
germinating. I think there parts of mold. Plant is not
are no roots and NOTHING germinating. Or growing.
happening to the beans. 2 Maybe because I water
beans are moving to each every day. I guess its too
other. No other info...
much water. There are two
tiny twigs.

Nov. 20- My plant is not
changing at all so….. no


Maria’s Observation and data
Dec. 2- The soil is humid since I watered this
morning. No growth…… UGH. I’m so mad…….
There is no germination. I have a little bit of
spots. No more information.

Dec. 9- My plant is dead. Overwatered…
I AM CRYING! I dont want to kill it….


The hypothesis, that Zosia’s plant would grow the highest- the plant
that is watered every 3 days is rejected. The data shows that the plant that
is watered once a week is the plant that has grown the highest in 2 weeks.
The results of this investigations are useful because now I know that if
you are planting a lima bean then only water it ONCE a week not every
This investigation could be improved by keeping the experiment going
for longer and see if any of the other plants will grow even a tiny bit.