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can plants grow with liquids other than water

Can plants benefit from sports drinks and soda in place of h2o? Well, that is what my whole experiment is! The question I was trying to solve is what effects do different liquids have on a peas plant growth. My hypothesis was the more a liquid is like water the better the pea plant will grow  because I already know that water is the best liquid to give to plants. The materials I used are 16 cups of  jiffy seed starter potting soil,24 small pots,24 organic burpee pea seeds,Caffeinated Diet Coke,Lemon-Lime gatorade and powerade,Water,1 camera,1 centimeter ruler,1 computer. I took a lot of steps to get the results that I got and this is what guiding all the way. First, I went to Lowes. Secondly, I bought 24 pots. Thirdly, I bought a pack of burpee organic peas. Next, I bought jiffy seed starter potting soil. Then I put the same amount of soil in each cup (approx. 2 cups per pot). Afterwards, I put the plants in a place where the plants can get a lot and take it in the garage at night. Now, I label each plant whatever substances is the pot. Thereafter, I watered the plants every other day. Soon after, I measured with a centimeter ruler every other day. Eventually, I took a picture every other day. Lastly you repeat steps 8-11 every other day. My results really surprised me. The overall solution was that water grew the best, diet coke grew the second best and Gatorade did the worst. My hypothesis was incorrect.I think that it was incorrect because the amount of sugar in the Gatorade was more than diet. Something that would account for an similarities or differences is sometimes pea plants are not grow able no matter what, and the plants might not get the same amount of sunlight and liquid. Some steps I took to make sure that I followed my produce exactly is I gave the plant 15ml exact. I was and had super careful in completing the lab because if the plants fall my experiment is ruined. A challenge that I had to face is having to finish everything in a set amount of time...

Diet sodas may be helpful in stimulating plant growth since the lack of sugar will allow the water molecules to move to the roots easily. However, the effects of diet soda and plants are generally negligible over tap water and, in my opinion, far more costly.

I think that is a philodendron or a pothos, not an ivy. Usually, they go yellow when they are not getting enough of something: water, light, nutrients. Since you have been growing them in water for so long, have you been adding any plant food to the water? I don't know anything about the black scab but maybe someone else will have some other ideas. Good luck.

Rooting your plants in water is just like rooting them in soil. All you need to do is clip off a small, actively growing segment from the existing plant (right below the leaf), and insert it into a jar or vase filled with water. Once you have the cutting in the water, Mother Nature takes care of the rest. Roots will soon appear along the submerged stems, followed shortly by sets of new leaves.

Whether clear or colored, as long as it's translucent (see-through), anything you have laying around that is glass or plastic and holds water is a potential vessel for your houseplants. Dollar stores and craft stores are great places to find inexpensive bottles and vases, but old-fashioned canning jars or even drinking glasses work great, too. Providing your houseplants are healthy (and not dying or rotting in water), algae growth will seldom become a problem - even if plants are placed in direct sunlight.

The County Extension Office offers a multitude offers of help. They will mail leaflets and brochures to you. Our extension agent will test the soil for you. And advise what should be added to your soil for the particular plants you'd like to grow. They also have a "test" garden here, which shows the plants that grow well here. They offer workshops for pruning grapevines and fruit trees. There is just a multitude of things available thru this office. I imagine they would be very helpful to you and your Science projects.

, protein and some sugar in milk which can be a food source for bacteria. Bacteria spreads quickly and may hurt the plant as it starts to grow (that may be why it smelled worse than the other plants). Even though calcium is good for plants, it would be better to use crushed eggshell compost or soil fortified with calcium since roots take in minerals from the soil. Milk is good for growing humans but not for plants!!

Simply put, yes. However this may not always be the case. Of course the H20 in many liquids can be utilized in germination but there are other factors to consider. The PH level may be to acidic, burning the seed before it has a chance to flourish. Basically the solution must not contain any potentially detrimental properties to the seed. An obvious example would be gasoline, i don't believe any seed could tolerate such a toxin.

Simply put, yes. However this may not always be the case. Of course the H20 in many liquids can be utilized in germination but there are other factors to consider. The PH level may be to acidic, burning the seed before it has a chance to flourish. Basically the solution must not contain any potentially detrimental properties to the seed. An obvious example would be gasoline, i don't believe any seed could tolerate such a toxin.

The students found that only the plants cared for with tap water and fertilizer-water continued to thrive after seven days. Therefore, the students decided that the answer to their question was “Plants cannot live if they are watered with liquids other than water or water with fertilizer.” We discussed how further experiments with many more plants and liquids would need to be undertaken to know for sure.

The group who watered with milk agreed that plants do not need milk to grow strong and healthy like humans do. When I asked the soda group to explain what they thought about their plant’s inability to grow, one group member suggested, “My mom says soda is full of sugar. I don’t think our plant likes the sugar because it is starting to die.” I commented other substances in the soda might be harming the plant also.

The following materials were used in the experiment: 5 healthy plants (same species, same size); measuring tools; 5 disposable plastic containers to hold the liquids; and about 500 ml each (2 c) each of salt water, milk, soda, water, and fertilizer-water. I chose the plant Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides) because of its hearty nature and availability. I also obtained a digital camera and disks for each group so students could document plant growth.

Next, we discussed the research possibilities of each question and voted on one question to investigate as a class. We first determined what materials would be needed to conduct a research experiment on each of the “Want to Know” questions. For example, I asked students, “If we want to find out if plants grow without sunlight, what would we need to do?” They suggested that we would have to have two plants: one plant placed in the Sun and another placed in a dark place, such as in a cabinet, in the closet, under a box, under a towel, or in a dark room.

For this science project, however, we're interested in seeing which liquids are best for sprouting seeds. You won't be using hydroponics to grow plants to maturity, but that's something you might want to explore on your own.

If you enjoyed doing this project and would like to take it a step or two further, consider what would happen if you grew the seeds in regular potting soil, but watered them with the different liquids you used for this experiment.

Maybe something in the potting soil would react favorably with orange juice, for instance, and cause the beans to shoot up in record time. Perhaps if you watered the seeds with Hawaiian Punch, your bean plants would produce red beans.

While it's interesting to see how pH level affects plants, don't be tempted to drink any of the water yourself, and avoid splashing it on your skin, eyes, and so forth. Some of the treated waters you'll be using have very high or low pH levels, and should only be used for the purposes of this experiment.

In this section, we'll explore the basics of pH, and experiment to learn how the pH factor of liquid affects the germination and growth of bean seeds. By the time you finish, you'll have had valuable lessons in both botany and chemistry, and have a better understanding of how branches of science overlap.

Writer and educator Crystal Beran is rarely seen without a pen. Her adventures have brought her to four continents and her quest for answers has led her to discover more questions than she could fill all the pages with. She currently resides in Northern California, where she can be found sipping tea and writing books.

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