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Dual Colored Flower Science

Activity Overview

Try this interesting twist on the traditional carnation coloring experiment to create bi-colored flowers that will turn a plain white flower into a dual colored masterpiece. The flower's stem consists of tiny tubes that bring water up to the flower through a process called capillary attraction. In this case the colored water is sucked up to the flower blossom through the different separated stem sections creating a dual colored flower.

Materials Needed

  • A carnation
  • Scissors
  • 2 glasses of water
  • 2 colors of food coloring

How to Do It

  1. Take white carnation by the stem slice the stem into two sections with your scissors.
  2. Snip off the very ends of the stem pieces
  3. Fill three glasses with water and mix a different color of food coloring into each glass.
  4. Place each half of the split stem into a separate glass of colored water.
  5. Observe your flower over the course of the next few hours and days.

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