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How to Plant Plants With Kool-Aid

By Julie Christensen ; Updated September 21, 2017
Moisten plants with Kool-Aid instead of water.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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


Things You Will Need

  • Mixing spoon
  • Pitcher
  • Trowel
  • Plant


  • Continue watering your plant with Kool-Aid as needed to keep the soil moist for at least three weeks if you're conducting a science experiment.
  • Place the plant in a pot for a science experiment so you can take it to school. Grow a separate plant as a control, feeding it with water or water and fertilizer.
  • Measure the plant's growth weekly and record the results.


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

About the Author


Julie Christensen is a food writer, caterer, and mom-chef. She's the creator of MarmaladeMom.org, dedicated to family fun and delicious food, and released a book titled "More Than Pot Roast: Fast, Fresh Slow Cooker Recipes."