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How to Grow Plants With Kool-Aid

By Elton Dunn ; Updated September 21, 2017
Kool-Aid provides a sugar boost for plants.
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Kool-Aid contains sugar and fructose, both of which provide a nutrient boost for plants. The extra energy helps plants grow strong and healthy. If you're working on a science experiment for school or testing different planting techniques, try using a Kool-Aid solution to water newly transplanted plants. This process takes no more time than planting and irrigating plants with water.

Mix Kool-Aid drink powder with water, following the instructions on the packet. Mix with a spoon and pour the liquid into a pitcher.

Dig a hole in the ground twice as wide as your plant's rootball. Remove rocks and weeds from the hole before planting. Fill the container halfway with potting soil, if you're planting in a container and not in the ground.

Remove the plant from its container and massage the rootball by hand to loosen it. Check the roots before planting, and trim the ends of any broken roots.

Place the plant in the prepared hole or in the container so it sits at the same depth as it was in the original container. Fill in the hole or the container with soil, forming the soil around the base of the plant. Fill the container to within 1 inch of the top, if you're planting in a container.

Pour the prepared Kool-Aid over the plant's rootball until the soil becomes saturated. The nutrient boost will help the plant become adjusted to its new environment and provide a growth boost.


Things You Will Need

  • Kool-Aid
  • Shovel
  • Container (optional)
  • Potting soil (optional)
  • Plant

About the Author


A successful website writer since 1998, Elton Dunn has demonstrated experience with technology, information retrieval, usability and user experience, social media, cloud computing, and small business needs. Dunn holds a degree from UCSF and formerly worked as professional chef. Dunn has ghostwritten thousands of blog posts, newsletter articles, website copy, press releases and product descriptions. He specializes in developing informational articles on topics including food, nutrition, fitness, health and pets.