Monocots and Dicots

Flowering plants can be separated into two categories: Monocots and Dicots. Each class has it’s own morphological differences to help identify what type of plant it is. Knowing and understanding the plant’s structure will help you to take better care of your plants. Here is a simple diagram that outlines the basic differences between the two:

monocot v dicot

We set up different an experiment to watch the different seeds sprout. We have 3 different baggies set up per class. One baggie has popcorn seeds (monocot), one had pinto bean seeds (dicot) and the the third baggie has bird seed (a mixture of both). Just like our lima bean experiment, we put them in a baggie with a wet paper towel and hung them in the window.

Here are what they looked like after 3 days. They are just starting to sprout!

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