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Wisconsin Fast Plants® Dihybrid Genetics Kit Schedule Calendar

You can start this project at ANY time, but I've scheduled it to start in week 27 of Guest Hollow's Botany Curriculum. This project is OPTIONAL.

Wisconsin Fast Plants® Dihybrid Genetics Kit

Don't bother with this kit if you have a younger student. This is a study in plant genetics designed for grades 8-12.

However, having said that, there are all kinds of awesome plant experiments to do with Fast Plants that are appropriate for all ages. Click here to go to the official Fast Plant website with lots of free printables and goodies. There are downloadable lesson plans for ALL ages (elementary through college) including fat 200+ page packets with worksheets, etc.

So, if you don't want to use Fast Plants to study genetics, I highly recommend you look into using them in another capacity. There are lots of different kits and experiments that highly compliment this year's studies!

Click here to order seeds from Amazon for the generic experiments, if you don't want to use the genetics kit.




Wisconsin Fast Plants® Dihybrid Genetics Kit (student kit)

Other Wisconsin Fast Plant lessons: (download to use along with the genetics experiment): Pollination biology


Fast Plant life cycle (with a 32 page downloadable instruction and experiment booklet) I recommend you use this along with the genetics experiment.

*The information that come with this kit are fairly advanced. This printable should help make it more understandable.
You may also want to access these gene inheritance computer simulations.









*This investigation occurs over either 45 or 85 days depending on which experiment you choose.
I'm going to schedule in the experiment that observes 2 generations of plants (45 days). You can easily extend the experiment out for a 3rd generation, if desired.

How to grow (instructions for building a light box, etc.)


Today you will need to build your grow-box.



Day 1 instructions (plant 4 cells with the 2 types of seeds)

*Plant extra plants that are set a little aside for the pollination biology experiment controls. 4 should be enough.


Fast Plant life cycle
Read p. 6-9 and do the germination activity.
Activities: Observe, measure, record growth, graph

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5
Day 4-5 instructions (thin)

Fast Plant life cycle
p. 10-13
Growth and development
Activities: Record observations and measurements on the Tracking Growth and Development sheet
Make life size sketches

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Day 12
Day 12-14 instructions (pollination barrier)
Make bee sticks.

Read the pages from:
Pollination biology

Day 13

Fast Plant life cycle
p. 14-17
Activities:  Dissect a Brassica flower, label the diagram

Day 14
Day 14-18 instructions (pollinate with a bee stick)

Fast Plant life cycle
p. 18-23
Activities: Illustrate a Brassica flower and bee, label the parts of a bee on the diagram (this activity is also listed in the bees topic)

Day 15

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Day 19
Day 19
Fast Plant life cycle
p. 24-30
Activities: Seed dissection and sketching, record pistil length on a data sheet

Day 20
Day 20-45 instructions (Remove new buds & side shoots, keep watered and growing while seeds mature. Dry and harvest seeds (p. 11 of growing instructions booklet)

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Day 45


Day 1
Day 1 2nd generation instructions

Day 2

Day 3

Day 3-5 2nd generation instructions

Day 4

Day 5















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