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Flowers, Kids and Science

You probably remember watching flowers change color as they absorb colored water through their stems by “capillary action”. Revisit this experiment with your children to experience a display of scientific magic!

The Science Behind flowers changing color: Thin tubes called “Xylem” in the plant stem draw water/nutrients up into the plant’s leaves and flowers as water evaporates from the plant by a process called “transpiration”. The “vacuum” that is created is filled by the fluid drawn up the stem and moved throughout the plant including flowers. It is very similar to you drawing a drink up from a cup into your mouth with a straw and your body then sending the fluid where it is needed inside of you.