Paper: A Comparison of the Growth of Two Pea Plants

The purpose of this experiment was to compare and contrast the growth of two pea plants when one has been manipulated. | chose cinnamon for this study because it is a common spice that we, as humans consume; therefore | wanted to find cinnamons effect on plant life. Furthermore, | predicted that the cinnamon would stunt the growth of the experimental pea plant (with cinnamon) and when compared to the control pea plant (without cinnamon) would end up being taller and healthier. 4. Added 1/8th teaspoon of cinnamon daily to experimental plant when watering 5. Both plants were watered with cup daily 6. Compared control and experimental plants through observation and measurement 7. Documented results (measurements and visuals) weekly In the early stages of the experiment, both plants grew at the same speed and looked almost identical that was before the cinnamon was added. The experimental plant had been flourishing, but after the first week with the cinnamon, | could see a change for the worst when comparing the two plants. In prior research, cinnamon was found to kill the E. Coli bacteria on tested specimens (Landau, 1999), which raises question on the spices potency. In other words, if cinnamon were capable of ridding the E Coli bacteria then killing a pea plant would be effortless for this spice. It was also said that among spices cinnamon was one of the most powerful in combating bacteria (Landau, 1999). Again, this shows cinnamons strength. In another study, cinnamon may actually cause oral health problems, which includes: painful sores, inflamed taste buds and a burning sensation of the tongue and tissue in the mouth (Academy of General Dentistry, 1995). To reiterate the same point about cinnamon, this research demonstrates that the spice is tough enough to cause damage to the human mouth and as a result, spoil the pea plant. In my own study, the cinnamon immediately affected the pea plant. It wilted the leaves and the stems, not to mention the growing process, which eventually led to the death of the plant. During the examination of research prior to mine, | learned the potency of cinnamon and the effects it can have on plants and even bacteria. To my surprise it can be a helpful spice, but on the other hand fatal to a pea plant. As the above results convey, the experimental plants growth was stunted because of the cinnamon, which constitutes a correctly proven hypothesis. Bibliography: Academy of General Dentistry. 1995. Cinnamon may cause oral health problems, Total Health 17: 14. Laudau, P. 1999. Cinnamon found to kill deadly e.coli bacteria, Chemical Market Reporter 256: 23-24. ...