At Woolworths, while getting some groceries, they had a trolley with buy 1 get 1 free flowers on it. The pack I got had purple flowers and these great white flowers that we used for this experiment.
cups / vases
scissorsLine up your cups / vases and 1/2 fill with water.
Cut the stems of the flowers to make them shorter, so they don’t fall out of the cups.
Make sure it is a slanted cut so the flowers can bring up more water.
Add food colouring to the cups. I used about 25 drops for 1/2 cup of warm water.
Warm water will be taken on more readily by the flowers.
The petals should start to change colour within a few hours.
We left our flowers for 24 hours. I think we probably needed a bit more food colouring or maybe they needed more time to drink up the coloured water.
You could also split a stem and put each stem into different coloured water. The stems on our flowers were not big enough to do this.
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This classic experiment is always fun! Thanks so much for sharing at the After School linky.