Table 1 shows the results of our measurements for each of the three weeks. As seen in the table, the shortest plant measured for the control grew a total of 7.5 cm over the course of seven weeks. Meanwhile, the shortest plant measured for the SUPERthrive grew a total of 6.85 cm. The tallest plant measured for the control group grew 10.5 cm, while the tallest plant measured for the SUPERthrive group grew 8.5 cm. Figure 1 shows each of the heights for all three weeks. There is little change between each group. Figure 2 shows the average change in height for each group. The SUPERthrive group had an average of 4.5 cm change in growth while the control group had an average change of 3.83 cm over the seven weeks. Figure 2 was taken…show more content… Studies have proven that kelp can accelerate growth, increase flowering, and provide resistance to disease (“Benefits of Kelp”, n.d.). When comparing Figures 3 and 4, the SUPERthrive zinnias appear to have healthier growth and are generally larger than the control group. Many of the SUPERthrive zinnias also flowered, and overall looked healthier than the control zinnias. Because kelp has been proven to increase growth, health, and flowering, it may be the reason why the experimental zinnias had more success than the control.
The synthetic auxin found in SUPERthrive, indole-3-bytric acid, may be a key player in the benefits of SUPERthrive, if there are any. For example, indole-3-acetic acid (IAA), the main auxin in higher plants, has been found to have positive effects on plant growth and development. Auxin is able to stimulate differential growth, specifically in response to gravity or light stimuli. Another important aspect of auxin is its ability to detect developmental defects caused by auxin deficiency. With SUPERthrive having indole-3-bytric acid as one of its main ingredients, there should be some benefits from its use (Zhao, 2010). The increased growth seen in the SUPERthrive zinnias may have been due to the additive of auxins in the product. Overall, it is hard to draw conclusions based off the results of this experiment. While the SUPERthrive zinnias did experience a larger growth of 4.5 cm average