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Growing Seeds

Looking at the conditions seeds need to grow.

'Growing Seeds' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Plants

Curriculum subtopic:  Requirements for Life and Growth

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

 Plants grow from seeds.

What do seeds need if they are to grow well? What conditions do we need to provide if we want to produce strong, healthy plants? This worksheet will help you find out what you know about sowing and growing seeds.

Which word means what happens when a seed begins to grow into a new plant?

pollination

fertilisation

germination

reproduction

What are the three things a seed needs to germinate?

light, water, soil

light, air, warmth

water, warmth, air

Three bean seeds were planted in separate pots. One pot was kept in the fridge, the second pot was placed on a sunny windowsill and the third pot was kept under a bucket in a warm place. All of the seeds were kept watered. Which seed grew first?

the seed in the fridge

the seed under the bucket

the seed on the windowsill

the seeds in the fridge and under the bucket grew first

the seeds under the bucket and on the windowsill grew first

Why do new plants grow in the spring?

seeds germinate when the weather gets warmer

seeds germinate when the days get longer

seeds germinate when people dig their gardens

What is the first thing to appear when a seed begins to germinate?

a stem

leaves

a root

A group of children plant three trays of cress seeds. One tray is watered regularly and kept moist. The second tray is given lots of water and kept wet. The third tray isn't watered at all. All of the seed trays are kept warm. Which tray grows best?

the tray without water

the moist tray

the very wet tray

all the trays grow equally well

  • Question 1

Which word means what happens when a seed begins to grow into a new plant?

CORRECT ANSWER
germination
  • Question 2

What are the three things a seed needs to germinate?

CORRECT ANSWER
water, warmth, air
EDDIE SAYS
Without these three things a seed will not grow.
  • Question 3

Three bean seeds were planted in separate pots. One pot was kept in the fridge, the second pot was placed on a sunny windowsill and the third pot was kept under a bucket in a warm place. All of the seeds were kept watered. Which seed grew first?

CORRECT ANSWER
the seeds under the bucket and on the windowsill grew first
EDDIE SAYS
The seeds that were kept warm and watered grew first, even though one was kept in the dark. This tells us that light is not important for germination, but water and temperature are important.
  • Question 4

Why do new plants grow in the spring?

CORRECT ANSWER
seeds germinate when the weather gets warmer
EDDIE SAYS
Seeds need warmth to germinate. Many plant seeds stay dormant (inactive) in the soil over winter.
  • Question 5

What is the first thing to appear when a seed begins to germinate?

CORRECT ANSWER
a root
EDDIE SAYS
The first thing to emerge from a seed is a root. This is important because no water is stored in the seed. The root pushes into the soil and starts to draw up the water the growing seedling needs.
  • Question 6

A group of children plant three trays of cress seeds. One tray is watered regularly and kept moist. The second tray is given lots of water and kept wet. The third tray isn't watered at all. All of the seed trays are kept warm. Which tray grows best?

CORRECT ANSWER
the moist tray
EDDIE SAYS
Seeds need water to grow, but not too much. Too much water stops the seeds getting the air that they also need to grow.
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