Did you know that strawberries are the only fruit that wear their seeds on the outside? Most strawberry plants come from the store, but to celebrate Earth Day (April 22), you can practice germinating and sowing your own strawberry plant using seeds from the strawberries in your lunch box.
What You Need
- 3 overly ripe strawberries (They are deep red in color and soft to the touch.)
- Butter knife
- Dinner plate
- Seed soil mix
What You Do
1: With the help of an adult, use the knife to slowly scrape the seeds off the
side of each berry onto a towel. Be careful! Strawberry seeds are very tiny.
2: Let the seeds dry for one day on the towel, then plant them or store them
in a sealed container in your freezer until you’re ready to plant them.
3: To plant the seeds, fill a dinner plate with seed soil mix. Sprinkle the seeds
on the surface of the soil and cover with a very thin layer of soil.
4: Move the plate into an area of your home that gets regular sunlight. Mist
the seeds with water to keep them moist until they begin to grow. When
you see green leaves sprouting, carefully transfer the sprouted seeds into
a garden pot.
5: Once the plants outgrow the pot, transfer the strawberry plants to your
garden. Be sure to water them regularly.
One more note: Wash all berries thoroughly before eating. Enjoy!