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Down and Dirty Experiment 4
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Experiment 4


Purpose:

Materials:

How does groundwater affect plants?

3 plants*, 3 dishes or pans, water, crayons, graph paper

* make sure you choose plants that are the same kind of plant, as close to the same size as possible and healthy


Procedures:

1. Label the plants A, B, and C. Make holes in the bottom of the containers of plants A and B.

If your containers already have holes, plug up the holes in the bottom of container C.

image of experiment setup with flowers A,B, and C
  

2. Place each plant in a dish and put all three plants in the same location where they will receive the same light.

3. Water plant A every other day, keeping the soil moist but not wet. Do not water plant B. Water plant C every day, keeping the soil saturated, very wet.

4. Make a bar graph showing the color of each plant's leaves every day for a week.


image of a flashing light bulbThink About This:

1. What happened to the color of plant A? plant B? plant C?

2. Does it matter how much water a plant gets?

3. Is drainage important?


 
 

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