Watering Flowers with Milk

by Frank
(Brooklyn, NY, USA)

Milky Flowers

Milky Flowers

When I was in the 3rd or 4th grade, I don’t remember for sure, I did a project where my mom and I bought a bunch of single pot marigolds from Home Depot that had already grown. I took them to different areas of our backyard and grew them. Some were in shady spots, some in sunny spots, some were kept in their plastics packages and some were put into pots.

The idea was to see how the
growing environment would affect the further development of the flower. As part of this process, I took another group of flowers and put them all out in the sun. I then watered them with different liquids. I remember milk was one of them, as was apple juice. I think Tabasco sauce was also one of them. Oh, and pickle brine.

Then when it was time for the science fair, I did a bunch of general research on how the weather affects plants and brought them all in a big, dirt-filled box to school. It was quite the messy attraction. I choose to believe that many of the other kids were jealous because of my awesome project, but that’s probably just childhood ego talking.

If kids have the garden room at home to do this (the plants weren’t expensive at all), this can be a pretty cool project, although obviously it’s not one that can be done the night before the way many of my later science fair projects were. (Heh.) It also helps to have a parent who knows a little bit what they’re doing in the garden. Overall though, I think it’s a pretty cool idea.

Barry's Response - cool one, Frank. It would have been interesting to know what the outcome was. How did the growth conditions compare?

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by: sandy

coolllllllll projectttttttttt

by: Dora

Hi cool project but can you least tell us how exacly did you do it. I was actually almost going to do it but i dont have any prove that i went fine. i wish you had like step by step information! still cool project!

Got Milk?
by: Anonymous

Yes, I agree. Very interesting story, and sounds like a
cool project for kids, but am wondering what the results were. I feel like to be continued..... Should I start watering my flowers with milk? Thanks.

Knowing the Outcome
by: Judy Altman

I agree, what was the outcome. Did the plants live or die? My first impressions is that the plants may have died. Tabsco sauce is not good.I do know that washing your hair in milk is good for the roots so why not watering flowers? Should have a wonderful effect on the roots of the flowers. Although I found your article to be very interesting in the concepts which were tried.
I would like to explore more of this type of things on this site.
I would love to find more articles like yours.

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by: Grace

Interesting piece, but i agree with Barry - what conclusions did you arrive at from your experiment? Did any of your plants die due to the watering choices? It also would have helped the article to know how you fared in the science competition. You mentioned that you thought the others were in awe of your project; did the judges agree?

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