Have you ever wondered where the water goes when a plant is watered? Place the stem in colored water and you’ll see how your flower “drinks” up the water.
With this experiment, your child will see how important the functions of the stem are to keep plants growing. They will be able to see how water travels up stems of plants, into the leaves and flowers to make food which helps keep the plant rigid.
This science experiment is beautiful, colorful and the results appear pretty quickly!
Vases or clear cups
Sharp knife or scissors
Step 1: Add 10 drops of food coloring into a small vase.
Step 2: Fill with water. Add more drops if necessary to achieve a nice dark color.
Step 3: Cut each stem of your carnations on an angle and place inside a vase.
Step 4: Wait and watch! Within a few hours, you’ll begin to see the carnations change color. As the flower “drinks” the water, it runs through the stem as well as all of the petals.
Have the kids predict which carnation they think will result in the darkest shade. It may not be the one they think! We thought purple would certainly be as dark as the blue, but that wasn’t the case. The green and blue flowers came out the most vivid, with the others being more of a pastel shade (still beautiful!).
Not only does is this a fun project to watch, it makes a pretty centerpiece for your table too!