Choosing A Plant to Grow for An Experiment

by Student
(Seattle, Washington, USA)

Crassula ovata

Crassula ovata

Hello! I need to grow a plant for an experiment biology, I actually need to grow multiple of them in multiple trials.

My experiment is How does pH affect the stomatal density of leave? I also only have a month to grow these plants.

Basically, I need a suggestion on a plant that I can grow in cups, within a month, that grows leaves that have waxy cuticles or cuticles that won't easily get ruined once I run a stomata test, and I will be testing different pH levels on the plant as I grow it. Please help! I need an idea on what plant I can grow that meets the requirements. I live in a cold place. Thank you!

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Jan 29, 2021
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by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

So you need a plant that grows quickly, can live indoors (because no plant in the world will grow outdoors in your climate) and fairly easy to get?

Hmm, I'm thinking Crassula ovata, the Jade plant. They would be the most likely to give you what you need, although I don't know about the cuticles part. The nice thing about Jade plants is that they have well developed stomata, which may or may not be important to you. They grow well from cuttings, but you could also get small plants in pots that are already rooted.

Good luck with your experiment!

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