(Level of difficulty *)
Question: What happens to a plant without of water?
Materials you will need:
•2 empty rinsed plastic yogurt containers or single-use cups (any size)
•A zip-lock bag
•Water (tap water is fine)
•Leaves or flowers of indoor or outdoor plants
•Using scissors, carefully cut 3 or more green leaves or fresh flowers from a plant
•Place one leaf or flower in a cup filled with water
•Place the second leaf or flower in an empty cup
•Place the third leaf or flower in a zip-lock bag and tightly close it
•Put all three leaves/flowers in a bright sunny place (a windowsill)
•Observe what happens to the plant parts over time
Helpful hints and suggestions:
•When you collect leaves or flowers, it is a good idea to cut them with a stalk (have an adult help you if you are unsure)
•You may want to put multiple leaves or flowers in the same cup or plastic bag
•Leaves and flowers kept without water will wilt fast (within hours)
•Leaves and flowers placed in a cup of water will survive the longest
•Leaves and flowers placed in a plastic bag will wilt slowly
•Why do you think plants left without water wilt?
•Why do you think plants kept in a plastic bag wilt slower than the ones in an open dry cup?
•What happens if you forget to water your houseplants?
•Why do you think plants need water?