Inspired by user NurdRage's video of how to make your flowers glow under UV light, I revisited an old science experiment from middle school. India and I turned a bland spray of white carnations into this lovely bouquet of multicolored flowers, just in time for Valentine's Day.
So come along and join us, as we have fun and learn something interesting about plants in the process!
Step 1: Supplies
This is a very cheap little science experiment, you probably have almost everything you need already around the house:
- 6 vases/cups/jars/etc
- Liquid food coloring
- A highlighter you don't mind destroying
- White carnations--I found a spray of white mini carnations at Albertson's for $3.33
You'll also need to have a black light or some UV LEDs for the highlighter part of the experiment.
Step 2: Prepare the Containers
Fill each of your containers about half full of water. Liquid food coloring usually comes in a package of red, blue, green and yellow, so in the first four jars squeeze out a generous amount of each color--especially yellow, it's usually kind of pale. I bought a package of food coloring just for this purpose, so I used the whole container.
In the fifth jar, remove the ink sponge from the highlighter and dump the whole thing in the jar. NurdRage just used a few drops in his video, but hey, I figure if you're gonna do something like this, why not go whole hog?
The sixth jar is, of course, left untouched as your control. This is science after all!