Seeds for School Experiment - Knowledgebase Question

Wyomissing, PA
Question by barrett8
October 28, 1997
I want to do a science experiment using bean (or any) seeds. Where can I find some this time of year? The garden shops and nurseries that I I checked don't have any.


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Answer from NGA
October 28, 1997

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You can order seed from Burpee; call their order department at 1-800-888-1447 to request their catalog. (If you're in a hurry, they may be able to look up the product for you and let you order right away.)

Or try a health food store. They selllots of seed in bulk--for example, alfalfa and mung bean seeds for sprouting, whole wheat berries, various beans like kidney, lima, etc. Check with a knowledgeable person at the store to be sure the seeds you choose haven't been treated in a way thatwill inhibit their growth--for example, bulgur wheat is made from cracked wheat treated with steam, so it won't grow, but whole wheat berries should grow fine.

Even your supermarket should have some seeds for you--how about a bag of black-eyed peas? Or seeds from a tomato (though they need special treatment to get them to sprout--submit another question if you'd like further info), or sunflower seeds from your bird feeder. There are seeds all around you!

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