Posted by: tpsciencefun | March 3, 2010

Colored Flowers-R-Us!

Well, it seems spring is in the air and the flowers are just beginning to bloom.  Start looking down and around for the  brightly colored flowers that are springing up. 

Do you think you could create our own colored flowers to usher in  spring?  We did this week in Awesome Science and the results were b e a u t i f u l! ! !

Check out our photos and see if you can determine why the flower petals changed the color of the water we put them in. All you need to do this experiment at home are:

  • Fresh cut white or light colored flowers (carnations, roses, etc.)
  • Red, blue and green food coloring (baking section at store)
  • Individual containers
  • A few days

The change in the petals can occur quickly. (Even in a few hours.)  It is best to keep your cut flowers out of water for at least few hours before starting so they will be thirsty. To learn more about why the petals change color conduct some research about vasular plants, xylem and capillary action. 

Don’t forget to smell the flowers along the way……….:)

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