Teachers can you help?

(35 Posts)

DS came home with a pot of soil with a small shoot at the end of term.

He has ASD and is totally unable to tell me what it is, and I have not contact with his classmates due to distance of his special school.

So, what is it?

(And, is it likely that his barely out of school herself teacher is playing a joke and it's smokable?) wink

I have to add too, that I have never ever grown anything so am unlikely to guess. I only know it isn't cress.

jo164 Fri 05-Apr-13 19:40:38

Does it have pairs of leaves? If so, could be a sunflower?

melonribena Fri 05-Apr-13 19:41:38

We always grow broad beans in my year 2 class!

Tiggles Fri 05-Apr-13 19:44:21

DSs school get given a flower to grow some time around now, by a local garden centre. They then take them back in several months later too see which is the best - they win a prize at the garden centre. This was never conveyed by DS1 (with ASD) but I found out in retrospect when he announced after several weeks he had to take his flower back in. He won the competition, but someone else (presumably jealous) in the school proceeded to pull off all the flower heads angry.

mrz Fri 05-Apr-13 20:01:59

he has probably planted a seed and rather than let it die over Easter the teacher has sent it home for you to nurture with your obvious green fingers

Yes a pair of leaves. Though I just looked and theirs four of them now. confused

Euphemia Fri 05-Apr-13 20:46:17

Most likely a bean - they grow quickly. I'd normally just grow it on a damp paper towel inside a plastic cup, though, so you can see the roots as well.

So perhaps it's something more advanced ...

DS just said it is a potato. hmm

I know nothing about these things but guess it probably isn't.

DD allegedly brought a bean plant home at the end of term (year 1). It looks nothing like any bean we've grown at home, more like a flowering plant of some sort. So we're none the wiser, and even if he told you what it was that doesn't mean it's necessarily true grin

Taffeta Fri 05-Apr-13 21:37:20

Potatoes don't grow from seeds, they grow from potato tubers.

My money's on broad bean. Look anything like this?

Taffeta Fri 05-Apr-13 21:38:21

Try posting this in gardening? Can you take a pic of seedling and upload to your profile?

Not really no. There are only two leaves on each shoot, but they are quite small atm.

Taffeta Fri 05-Apr-13 21:41:06

Nope. Definately not them. Honestly though, I wouldn't take my ds' account seriously. He also said that maybe they were carrots.

I think not.

Taffeta Fri 05-Apr-13 21:43:51
Taffeta Fri 05-Apr-13 21:45:34

Carrots take forever.....

mrz Fri 05-Apr-13 21:49:44

Nope. Not like those, though your first link mrz came up as 'forbidden' - what WERE you linking to?

On closer inspection, each shoot has two roundish leaves, but the stalk is kind of split into two before each leaf starts.

The stalk has a bit of whitish stubble.

Taffeta Fri 05-Apr-13 22:12:04

Not sure but definately the closest so far hmm

No. Leaves are much rounder than that. maybe it is just too early to tell!?

Maybe it's just grass or something.....

sashh Sat 06-Apr-13 08:22:41

IMHO all veg/flowers start off looking the same.

It is probably a bean or a sunflower, both grow quickly and easily. just keep the soil moist, not saturated.

noisytoys Sat 06-Apr-13 08:29:54

DD brought home daffodils in a little pot they took weeks to flower

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Sat 06-Apr-13 08:36:32

If it is only 2 round leaves, it is a dicotyledon. You can't tell what it is yet as those are the "baby" leaves which all plants have to help them grow proper leaves. It is part of the embryo growth into "infant" plant. The next pair of leaves should be the 1st proper ones and then you might be able to tell what it is.
The cotyledons look very similar from species to species, some are a bit thinner some are rounder, but if you are not and expert it is almost impossible de determine even more on a picture.

So wait a bit.
My guess would be on some fast growing species, like sunflowers, beans, peas..., has sashh said.

There's 5 of the little sprouts now, perhaps 6. confused

mrz Sat 06-Apr-13 11:50:52
PastSellByDate Sat 06-Apr-13 13:05:31

Hi Starlight:

you may have already done this - but check the school bag. Usually there is a little booklet along with the plant or a set of instructions which explains the task.

As an aside, because this kind of thing (homework with no instructions) happens a lot - just e-mail the general enquiry school e-mail with your questions and ask them to pass it on to the teacher.

It's a beautiful way of making the point that communication between school & home was poor.

PastSellByDate Sat 06-Apr-13 13:10:36

Forgot to add:

When DDs have had a plant to grow - they've usually been asked to water the plant (daily) [best that you supervise this or the poor thing(s) will drown] & every so many days measure how big it is and make a drawing (noting any changes).

If curiousity is killing you - use a pencil to carefully lift up one of the seedlings (odds are the seed will still be attached to the young plant at this stage) so you should be able to work out if it is a bean or a sunflower very quickly. Then just gently return to position and tap in.

If it is a sunflower get a stick for support and use twine/ ribbon to loosely tie the plant to the stick (just a lose circle resting on a set of opposing leaves - it will go up the stick as the plant grows).


BlackeyedSusan Mon 08-Apr-13 23:23:42

5 or 6 different plants?

Wellthen Mon 08-Apr-13 23:32:29

is it likely that his barely out of school herself teacher is playing a joke and it's smokable?

Why was the dig at young teachers necessary? It doesnt matter if it wasnt meant as a dig, thats how it comes across.

balia Mon 08-Apr-13 23:39:35


ReluctantBeing Mon 08-Apr-13 23:52:02

Ds once brout a pumpkin seedling home. We ended up planting it and getting a massive plant, over six feet long! We got out own pumpkin that Halloween. I was very proud.

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