Spring.wmf (18300 bytes) Plant Physiology (Biology 327)  - Dr. Stephen G. Saupe;  College of St. Benedict/ St. John's University;  Biology Department; Collegeville, MN  56321; (320) 363 - 2782; (320) 363 - 3202, fax;    ssaupe@csbsju.edu

   Seed Packet Analysis

Objectives:  The purpose of this lab experience is to understand the info provided on a seed packet:

    Growers are required to label seed package with a variety of information.  Examine the seed packets in the images below and then discuss with your lab partners the answers to the following questions:

  1. What information is standard (i.e., provided on all three packets)?
  2. How many Jingle Bells Hybrid Pepper seeds should you plant to insure that you will have 10 seedlings?
  3. What does F1 on the Jingle Bells Hybrid Pepper seed pack refer to?
  4. If the Jingle Bells Hybrid Pepper plants are grown in the garden and then self-pollinate, can the seeds be collected at the end of the growing season to plant more of this same variety next year?
  5. How long will it take for plants to produce ripe fruit?
  6. In central Minnesota can we plant Jingle Bells Hybrid Pepper seeds directly into the garden and expect to harvest ripe fruit?  Explain.
  7. Which of the seeds will produce plants that will breed true?
  8. Which seeds do you expect to cost the most?  Explain.
  9. Which seeds were tested for germination?
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