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LET’S EXPLORE PLANT SCIENCE

PLANT SCIENCE

Experiment 1: Food Coloring Traveling up a Celery Stalk
Background: Plants draw water up from their roots by capillary action. In this experiment, we will observe how long it
takes for purple dye to travel up a celery stalk to its leaves.
Procedure: Fill a mason jar or glass half way with water strongly dyed with purple, red, or blue food coloring. Add 5
stalks (approximately the same size) to the jar. After 3 hours remove one celery stalk from the jar. Carefully peel
around the edge (using a vegetable peeler if necessary) to see how far the dye has traveled. Draw what you see below.
Repeat at 6, 9, 24, and 48 hours.
Hypothesis: It will take ____ hours for the food coloring to travel up a celery stalk to the leaves.
Observations:
3 hours

6 hours

9 hours

24 hours

48 hours

Results:
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Conclusion:
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