Science experiment: Food coloring adds pizazz to your flowers

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Here's an experiment that will show how the stem of a plant is used to carry water to its different parts.


1 white carnation flower

drinking glass


red food coloring


Step 1: Fill the drinking glass half full of water and add red food coloring.

Step 2: Cut the stem at an angle and place the carnation in the drinking glass for 24 hours.


The colored water moved up the stem into the petals and changed the color of the carnation from white to red.

KFVS12 and the Southeast Missourian are teaming up for science. Every Tuesday you'll find an experiment from the KFVS Heartland Science Lab in the Class of 2morrow section of the Southeast Missourian. Grab the ingredients and join KFVS science reporter Jason Lindsey live on KFVS at 5 p.m. every Wednesday. More science experiences can be found at and

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