How plants Drink - Tinted Flowers and Celery

How plants Drink - Tinted Flowers and Celery

Have you ever wondered how trees get their water?  It’s amazing really. I was just reading a book about Appalachian Trail by my favorite writer Bill Bryson and learned that some large trees lift several hundred gallons of water a day from its roots to its leaves without noise or fuss, “imagine the din and commotion, the clutter of machinery, that would be needed for a fire department to raise a similar volume of water.”  Nature is fascinating!

For little kids (and their curious parents) nothing demonstrates the concept of how plants drink better than tinting white flowers.  Or celery!  We first got idea for this experiment from reading Green Thumbs by Laurie Carlson, but we since have seen the same experiment in many early science books.  We like it so much we do it every year.

I started by explaining to my kids that roots
suck up water from the ground and it travels up the stem of the plant into the
leaves and flowers.  When we cut flowers
they no longer have roots but the stem can still suck the water in and move it

Do you want to try this experiment with us? 

Here is what you will need
Celery and white flowers
Food coloring
Glasses/jars with water

What to do

  1. Place a celery stalk and/or white flowers in glasses/jars 
  2. Fill with water and add a few drops of food coloring to each glass 
  3. Give celery/flowers enough time to drink up the water (overnight works for us)

    What happened
    Plants drunk the water.  As plants moved water up, leaves and flowers became colorful.

    Kids can record their observations in a Science Journal and draw a tinted celery/flower to go with it.

    Some additional questions to ask kids:
    1.  What else could you use as a coloring agent?
    2.  Does it make a difference if you add more or less of food coloring?
    3.  What gets tinted faster flowers with shorter stems or longer?

    Our next project is learning about colors through gardening.  We are planning to design a garden using color wheel.  If only spring will ever come to Chicago!

    Have you ever tinted flowers?  Do you like experimenting with with kids? 

    Facebook Comments


    22 Responses

    1. Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read anything like this before. So nice to find somebody with some original thoughts on this subject. realy thank you for starting this up. this website is something that is needed on the web, someone with a little originality. useful job for bringing something new to the internet!

    2. Maroquinerie Longchamp Pas Cher, Your means of explaining everything in this article is really pleasant, all be able to easily know it, Thanks a lot.|

    3. Maroquinerie Longchamp Pas Cher, Wow that was odd. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say fantastic blog!|

    4. Sac Plage Longchamp Pas Cher, There is certainly a lot to learn about this subject. I love all the points you have made.|

    5. Sac A Mains Longchamp France, Hi i am kavin, its my first occasion to commenting anyplace, when i read this article i thought i could also make comment due to this sensible post.|

    6. Portefeuille Longchamp Vert, Nice post. I used to be checking constantly this weblog and I’m inspired! Very helpful information particularly the ultimate part ūüôā I handle such information much. I used to be looking for this certain information for a long time. Thanks and good luck. |

    7. Thanks designed for sharing such a pleasant thought, article is nice, thats why i have read it completely

    8. Acheter Sac En Toile Longchamp, My family members every time say that I am killing my time here at web, but I know I am getting familiarity everyday by reading thes good posts.|

    9. Boutique Longchamp Maroquinerie, I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was curious what all is required to get set up? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100% sure. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated. Kudos|

    10. Longchamp Le Pliage Large Grise, First off I want to say awesome blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind prior to writing. I’ve had a tough time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out there. I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or hints? Cheers!|

    11. Boutique Sac Longchamp Toile Bandouliere, It’s hard to come by well-informed people for this subject, however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks|

    12. Longchamp Officiel Pas Cher, Thanks for one’s marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it, you will be a great author. I will ensure that I bookmark your blog and will eventually come back in the foreseeable future. I want to encourage continue your great posts, have a nice afternoon!|

    13. Petite Pochette Longchamp Pas Cher, Hello, the whole thing is going well here and ofcourse every one is sharing facts, that’s truly fine, keep up writing.|

    14. Boutique Sac En Bandoulière Longchamp, Wow that was odd. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say fantastic blog!|

    15. Vente Trousse Ecole Longchamp, Asking questions are in fact pleasant thing if you are not understanding something totally, except this post provides good understanding yet.|

    16. Boutique Sac Longchamp Messenger, What’s up mates, how is everything, and what you wish for to say concerning this piece of writing, in my view its in fact remarkable designed for me.|

    17. Boutique Sac Longchamp Voyage Pliage, hi!,I love your writing very so much! proportion we keep up a correspondence extra about your article on AOL? I need an expert on this house to unravel my problem. Maybe that’s you! Taking a look forward to peer you. |

    18. Sac De Voyage Pliage Longchamp Noir, You could definitely see your skills in the work you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. Always go after your heart.|

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *