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How to Plant Plants With Kool-Aid

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Overview

A popular science fair experiment is that of giving plants different liquids and recording the results. Students at Bishop Dwenger High School grew soybean seeds with Kool-Aid and found that they grew slightly faster than those given just water, probably because of the sugar and nutrients in Kool-Aid. Kool-Aid contains sugar, fructose, citric acid, calcium phosphate and ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Whether you're working on a science fair project, or you're just curious, choose a powdered mix with sugar added, rather than the unsweetened packets.

Step 1

Mix the Kool-Aid in a 2 quart pitcher according to package directions.

Step 2

Dig a hole with the trowel as deep and as wide as the plant's container.

Step 3

Squeeze the potted plant gently to release it from the container. Place your hand at the base of the pot and turn it upside down. Slowly remove the plant from its container.

Step 4

Set the plant in the hole so it sits level with the surrounding soil. Backfill the hole with soil and tamp down gently with your hands.

Step 5

Pour the Kool-Aid on the soil until the ground is evenly moist, but not soggy.

Tips and Warnings

  • Stop feeding the plant Kool-Aid if you notice yellow, wilted leaves or other signs of stress and feed with water only.

Things You'll Need

  • Mixing spoon
  • Pitcher
  • Trowel
  • Plant

References

  • Planting Science: Research Information
  • Chymist: Make Your Own Orange Drink
  • Kraft Foods: Kool-Aid

Who Can Help

  • Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet: Fertilizing Landscape Plants
Keywords: Kool-Aid fertilizer, feed plants Kool-Aid, Kool-Aid plants

About this Author

Julie Christensen has been writing for five years. Her work has appeared in "The Friend" and "Western New York Parent" magazines. Her guide for teachers, "Helping Young Children Cope with Grief" will be published this spring. Christensen studied early childhood education at Ricks College and recently returned to school to complete a degree in communications/English.