How Plants Absorb Water

How Plants Absorb Water


  • Cabbage Leaves
    • Tip: Try to use Wombok (chinese cabbage), you can also choose celery, or white flowers
  • Food coloring
  • Water
  • Clear cups



  1. Add come water to each jar.
  2. Add a different colored food dye to each jar
    • Tip: Use about 10 drops per jar to make sure the water is vibrant!
  3. Add sepperate cabbage leaf/flower to each jar
  4. Encourage students in grades 2nd and up to use the science experiment worksheet below documenting their observations throughout the experiment.


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Grade Range: PreK-8th grade


Time: 25 minutes


Synopsis: Students will learn how plants absorb water by observing how cabbage leaves change color.