You cannot conduct experiments with plants if you cannot first keep plants alive. Review this article to learn essential tips on how to grow plants under "normal" conditions. Once basic plant growth principles are understood, then treatments can be applied.
Thinking Like a Plant
One way to come up with good research questions and to care for your plants well is to try thinking about what it’s like to be a plant. Plants are sessile: they can determine which direction to grow in but are otherwise stuck in place. Even though plants can’t move around, they must still survive the challenges of weather, air, soil, amount and quality of water, neighboring plants, diseases, and many kinds of herbivores, both above ground and below.
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