fast plant seeds

Fast plant seeds

1. Approximately 20 days after last pollination, when the ends of the pods are changing from green to brown, remove the fast plant wickpots (quads or bottles) from the water reservoir.

2. Let plants dry for 7 days until pods are crisp and brown.

3. Cut plants off and place them in a paper bag. Label the bag with the planting and pollination information.

4. If pods are not crisp, let pods dry further in bag.

5. Staple bag shut, then break up pods thoroughly by crushing them in the bag to release the seeds.

6. Pour seed and chaff into shallow tray.

7. Pick out the large pieces of stems, leaves, and the remaining pod pieces.

8. Gently blow on remaining mixture. The chaff should blow away, leaving clean seeds. You may wish to do this outside.

9. Place your clean, dried seeds into a labeled envelope.

10. Store envelopes in a zipper-type sandwich bag in refrigerator. For optimal ong-term (12-month) storage, add silica gel in the bag to remove any remaining moisture. Seeds stored under these conditions will remain viable for many years.

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Wisconsin Fast Plants®


Varieties of Fast Plants seeds.


Standard Seed Stock

The Standard variety of the Wisconsin Fast Plants was selectively bred to have a uniform, short flowering time (14-16 days) under recommended growing conditions of continuous light, water, and nutrition.

The entire life cycle is short; plants will produce harvestable seeds approximately 40 days after planting.

Standard variety was developed over the past 40+ years through a long-term artificial selection plant-breeding program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. These plants are not considered genetically modified organisms (GMO). Closest vegetable relative is a turnip or Chinese cabbage.

Recommended for first time Wisconsin Fast Plant users.

  • Life cycles
  • Environmental Science
  • Botany
  • Comparative Morphology
  • Plant physiology
  • Experimental design and independent research projects

Also Available as Seed Disks!

Standard Wisconsin Fast Plants were selectively bred for a super-short flowering time (14-16 days). Used for teaching and research.