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Lesson Overview
  • 60 Minutes
  • 2, 5, 9
  • 2nd - 9th Grade
  • State Standards:
    Science Standards: Scientific Inquiry: 2.3-H.3 Engineering Design: 2.4-H.4

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Materials List
  • General – knife, cutting board, water. You will also need the following per specific plant:
  • Garlic- small glass jars; several cloves of garlic for each experiment
  • Celery- clear cups; one bunch of celery per experiment
  • Beets- clear tray or shallow dish; 5-6 beets with greens
  • Basil- clear jar, fresh basil cuttings
  • Sweet potatoes or yams- toothpicks, clear jar, 3-4 yams and/or sweet potatoes

Propagation & Regeneration in Plants

Categories:  Plants

While most plants grow from seeds, many can also be grown from bulbs, tubers or stem cuttings. This is called vegetative propagation. It is used in agriculture for growing many types of plants in the nursery and greenhouse industry, as well as for raising crops like potatoes and garlic.


  • Directions for the five types of plant propagation or regeneration experiments are in the lesson pdf.
  • Students record what they observe happening to each plant.
  • To expand the lesson, set up multiple versions of each experiment and compare their growth under different variables like sun exposure or moisture levels.

For full instructions, please download our PDF

  • Propagation and Regeneration: Basil