Enchanted When Planted

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By Ava Pittiglio and Siena Ferrari

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Abstract

The purpose of this project Is to figure out how we can not only quench the thirst of plants, but also provide enough nutrition for them to survive. It is important to provide nutrition for your plants because without enough, they can die, which is why people should water their plants with tea. Through our experiment we have discovered that tea works the best for watering plants, while it can also be a more efficient and cheaper source of plant food. If you only water your plants with water then your plants will die, causing you to spend more money. In this experiment, we found the best substitute for water, that also provided nutrition for our plants.
For solving the problem of plants receiving water, but not enough nutrition, we decided to buy five plants and water them each with a different type of liquid. We chose the liquids coffee, root beer, bananas mushed up in water, water, and tea.
Throughout watering our plants with these liquids, we have discovered that tea works the best when it comes to receiving nutrition as well as water. According to our data, the plant that we watered with tea, was the only plant that did not end up shorter than its original height. In Conclusion, we have found out that tea is very good for your plants because of its nutrition.
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Object and Inquiry

In our lab report we are going to find out what liquids help plants grow the best. We are going to use coke, coffee, tea, bananas mushed up and mixed with water, and water (we are going to use regular water to see which liquid will help the plants grow the most compared to water). Then, every three days we are going to water the plant with the liquids. We are going to do this for one month. The object of our study are our plants and different liquids and our inquiry is to find out which liquid, besides water, will help plants grow best.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]JTNDYSUyMGlkJTNEJTIyVG9ySCUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRmElM0U=[/vc_raw_html][vc_separator color=”black” el_width=”80″ css_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]

Hypothesis

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Research Write Ups

 

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Prior Knowledge

Before my research on how plants are affected by different liquids begins, the prior knowledge I have on this topic is: I know that Glucose, which is a form of sugar, helps plants grow, but I do not know how our plants will react to processed sugar. I also know that plants need potassium to grow, so if we mush up bananas and put it in water, our plants would receive most of the nutrients they need. Lastly, I know that plants, like humans, can be affected by caffeine from coffee and coke in good ways, such as helping the plant be more ‘alert’ and helping as a ‘booster’ in the photosynthesis process. But plants can also be affected by caffeine in bad ways, such as an overdose on caffeine can cause the plant to become weak or even die.

 

Research

From a lot of research, I have learned about how caffeine can help plants grow in good and bad ways. Many farmers put coffee grounds in the soil where plants have grown and the caffeine works as a fertilizer. This is possible because plants, just like humans, can be more alert after having caffeine, which can help them begin the photosynthesis process, but caffeine can also stunt a plants growth. This happens because caffeine allows the PH levels in soil rise, which can be toxic to plants, but it can also begin to distort the cells in a plant, which can make it impossible for a plant to grow, or even kill a plant. But, caffeine does not only have negative side affects; it can act as an insect repellent, so bugs do not eat the plants. Caffeine can actually kill many different bugs, which means the plants you grow will not be eaten by insects. So, caffeine can kill, but also protect plants, I wonder what will happen when Siena and I water our plants with coke.1

Soda can be used to water plants, but not all soda can be beneficial to a plants health. Usually unflavored soda contains carbonation and many minerals and nutrients that can be beneficial to a plant. But if you want to water plants with soda such as coke or sprite, this can be fatal to a plant due to the high levels of processed sugar. Sugar in soda can make it hard for roots to extract water from the soil, causing a plant to die of thirst. So, when Siena and I use Sprite and Coca Cola as a substitute for water, we expect our plants to become thirsty.2

So, soda and caffeine can have positive and negative effects on plant growth, but what about bananas? Bananas contain calcium and potassium, which can be really beneficial to plants. There are many vitamins and nutrients that bananas are rich in, that plants need. As a banana decomposes, small amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and magnesium are added to the soil and enrich it, which helps a plant grow, So, when Siena and I water a plant with banana water, we expect it to not only hydrate the plant, but also add extra nutrients and vitamins and boost the plants growth.3

Lastly, through my research, I have learned how tea is able to affect the growth of plants in positive ways. Because tea is a completely natural and organic substance, it increases nutrient levels and improves the quality of the soil as it decomposes. Tea can also increase oxygen in the soil and create a stronger root system, leading to a healthier and better-looking plant. But not all plants respond well to tea. There is a tannic acid inside tea leaves which can seep into the soil, eventually lowering pH levels and increasing acidity, but this only affects some plants. So, tea mainly helps plants by giving them nutrients and

 

Refined Questions

  1. Has this experiment ever been done before?
  2. Will Coca Cola help plants grow because it contains caffeine, or will it kill plants because it contains processed sugar?
  3. If you mix tea grounds into soil, isn’t it just like mixing dried up herbs and flowers into the soil?
  4. Why would processed sugar kill plants?
    1. What is the difference between processed and natural sugar?
  5. If water contains no vitamins, then where do plants retrieve all their needed nutrients from?
  6. Why does carbonation help plants grow?
  7. Should Siena and I mix tea grounds or pre-made tea into the soil of one of our plants?
  8. What would happen if our tea contains tannic acid?
    1. How do you know what kinds of tea contain it?

 

Footnotes

[1] This paragraph is a summarization of: “Will Caffeine Affect Plant Growth – Tips On Fertilizing Plants With Caffeine.” Gardening Know How, 4 Apr. 2018, www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/will-caffeine-affect-plant-growth.htm and Vanderlinden, Colleen. “Use Diluted Coffee to Fertilize Plants.” HowStuffWorks, HowStuffWorks, 11 Jan. 2012, home.howstuffworks.com/green-living/use-diluted-coffee-to-fertilize-plants.htm.

 

[2] This paragraph is a summarization of: Deziel, Chris. “What Happens When You Water Plants With Soda?” Sciencing, 2 Mar. 2019, https://sciencing.com/happens-water-plants-soda-6300916.html

 

[3] This paragraph is a summarization of: SiteAdmin. “Do Banana Peels Help Your Plants Grow?” Grow Organic Now, 17 May 2018, http://groworganicnow.com/do-banana-peels-help-your-plants-grow/

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  1. Prior Knowledge

I know that plants can ether grow more with caffeine added or it will grow less depending on what soil it is grown in, because some soil has coffee grounds in it. Next, herbs and spices effect plants by making the plant grow better. Lastly, smashed bananas can help plant growth because it has potassium in it and potassium helps plant grow.

  1. Research Summary

I found out that about the effects on plant growth if you add caffeine. It is talking about how caffeine can make plants grow bigger on fuller, but it is depending on the soil that it is grow in. Next, I found out the effects on plants if you put caffeine in it. It is saying it depends on the soil that it is grow in. But it is very good for plants if you have the right soil and plant for it. The cite says that Acid-loving plant like tea better than other plants. Next, I found out about what potassium douse for soil. It says that it is very good for plants the reason why is because it is very health for it. Also is improves drought damage. This cite is talking about what happens when you water plants with soda. This says that it is very bad for it if the soda has sugar and dye in it. But if you use club soda it will improve the plant. This cite is talking about what happens if you put too much water and when you should water the plants a right time. This says that every 3 days is the appropriate time to water your plants.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tour][vc_raw_html]JTNDYSUyMGlkJTNEJTIyVGFuZE0lMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZhJTNF[/vc_raw_html][vc_separator color=”black” el_width=”80″ css_animation=”none”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Tools and Materials

For this project, we will need to use:

  • Five different Plants
  • root beer
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Bananas
  • Water
  • Pots
  • Dirt
  • Our hands
  • Our brains
  • Our computers
  • A 4 ounce measuring Cup
  • Our eyes
  • A ruler
  • Money (to buy the liquids)
  • A car
  • Phone

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Procedure and Data

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Journal

Friday, February 28, 2020:
Today during science class, instead of dissecting sheep hearts, I worked on my project because our class was going to end early because of Stations of the cross. I had previously been confused as to what was due on Monday, so I talked to Mr. Okimoto about it and found out that I needed to have my prior knowledge done, about five paragraphs of research, new questions, and an annotated bibliography. So, today I worked on finding my five sources and annotating them.

Saturday, February 29, 2020:
Today Ava worked on her five paragraphs of research and finding her fifth source for her bibliography. She had been working for two hours (5 p.m.-7 p.m.) when sheliopjk; was called to dinner. I had left my computer open and on a site that seemed a little sketchy, but I wanted to see if I could gain any knowledge from it. Later, I forgot that my computer was still open, and I went to bed. In the middle of the night, I woke up to really loud music, so I walked downstairs to where my computer was. I discovered that my computer had a virus, so I woke up my dad, and he told me to go to bed while he fixed it. I was really worried that my paper would be deleted.

March 1, 2020:
Today Ava had to wake up at 6 a.m. for a gym meet and forgot to check and see if her paper was still there because she was running late for the meet. When she got home, ava remembered that she needed to check on it, so she went to her computer, and the paper was still there! We were both so relieved that we didn’t have to re-do it all. Then, she decided to finish up the last paragraph of her research and change the site in her bibliography that had given her computer the virus.

March 2-4, 2020
We have not worked on our project for the past two days.

March 5, 2020
Today we worked on creating our hypothesis (See Object and Inquiry).

March 6, 2020:
Today, I did not work on my project, but Siena bought the plants so we can finally begin our experiment! She bought English dwarf boxwood plants, which is a type of bush.

March 7, 2020:
Today I decided to start my action time plan, but I realized that I have no clue what that is, so I emailed Mr. Okimoto and asked him. He replied and I had a better understanding of what I had to do, so I texted Siena and asked if we could FaceTime and work on it together, but she was out, so we will do it tomorrow.

March 8, 2020:
Today we realized that we needed to finish up our action time plan, so I texted Siena and asked, again, if we could FaceTime and work on it, but she couldn’t at the time. She said she would be free in ten minutes, so I waited. In the meantime, I figured out that Siena had bought all of the materials that we needed, so we could finally begin our project! Once Siena and I had Face Timed, we had finished our action time plan and watered our plants for the first time using the coke, coffee, tea, bananas mushed up and mixed with water, and water! We also labeled them, so we know which plants to water with what liquid and we will water them with four ounces We didn’t know whether we would place the plants inside or outside, but we decided to put them inside, due to animals. We measured the plants and they all were between 14-15 inches, so we cut the tops off, so the all began at the same height. Tea is 13 inches, Coffee is 13.5 inches, Banana mushed up in water is 12 inches, Water: 13 inches Root beer:13.5 inches Also, Siena bought Green Tea to use. We also decided that our ratio from bananas to water would be 1:1. To begin with, all the plants are of the same health.

This is a before picture of all the plants after they got their trimming:

March 9, 2020:
Today I checked in with my partner, but we did not need to discuss anything because we FaceTime the day before.

March 10, 2020:
Today we did not work on our project.

March 11, 2020:
Today Siena watered the plants because they are at her house.

March 12, 2020:
Today during science class, we worked on editing our lab report.

March 13, 2020:
Today, we turned in all of the research we completed and all the work we have so far on our lab report (printed).

March 14, 2020:
Today we watered our plants.

March 15, 2020:
Today we took pictures of our plants and measured their heights. Banana water: 13 inches; coffee: 14 inches; Tea: 12 inches; water: 13.5 inches; root beer: 13.5 inches.

March 16, 2020:
Today we could not check in with each other because of the school closure.

March 17, 2020
Today we watered our plants.

March 18, 2020:
Today we did not work on our project.

March 19, 2020:
Today we did not work on our project.

March 20, 2020:
Today we watered our plants.

March 21, 2020:
Today we did not work on our project.

March 22, 2020:
Today we took pictures and measured our plants.

March 23, 2020
Today we watered our plants, but we could not check in with each other because of COVID-19.

March 24, 2020:
We did not work on our project today.

March 25, 2020:
We did not work on our project today.

March 26, 2020:
Today we watered our plants.

March 27, 2020:
Today we did not work on our project.

March 28, 2020:
Today we did not work on our project.

March 29, 2020:
Today was supposed to be the last day of our experiment, but because of the coronavirus, the due date for our project has been extended, so we decided to continue our project for another week. When we watered and measured our plants, we realized that they were all shrinking! We are not sure why, but we believe that it could be because we have not watered them enough, but with only one week left to go, we decided to just stay consistent and not change up the watering cycle.

March 30, 2020:
Today we did not work on our project.

March 31, 2020:
Today we did not work on our project.

April 1, 2020:
Today, we watered our plants.

April 2, 2020:
Today we did not work on our project.

April 3, 2020:
Today we did not work on our project.

April 4, 2020:
Today we watered our plants.

April 5, 2020:
Today is our official last day! Today we watered and measured our plants for the last time. You can see all the completed data under the ‘data’ section. 

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Procedure

  1. Buy all materials from the QFC on Mercer Island.
  2. Set up plants at Siena’s house on a table that will be in front of a window.
  3. Record the height of all the plants with a ruler.
  4. Water them with 4 oz. of their assigned liquid.
  5. Then, every three days, water them again with 4 oz.
  6. Record the data into our journal and chart. 

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Data and Analysis

As you can tell from the chart, most of the plants reached their peak at three weeks, but then they all started to shrink after that.  

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Results and Conclusion

After our experiment with watering our plants with various liquids, our data led us to determine that the tea worked the best when it came to the plant that grew the tallest and the healthiest. When observing our chart (Above) you can tell that, while other plants may have grown taller towards that 3rd week, they all shrunk, while the tea plant was the only one that was taller than its original height. [/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]JTNDYSUyMGlkJTNEJTIySWFuZFIlMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZhJTNF[/vc_raw_html][vc_separator color=”black” el_width=”80″ css_animation=”none”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Insights and Reflections

Ava: The results of this lab have led me to wonder about the affects that the liquids would have had if we had continued to do the experiment. All in all, this experiment was very fun, and I learned a lot about the different ways that plants can be affected by independent variables. I was surprised that tea ended up working the best because after all my research, bananas and water seemed to be the best option. Our experiment may have gone better if we had watered our plants more frequently, because that might have been the reason that they all shrunk.
Siena: The results of this report is that I have notice that you can water plants with any liquid. But I think we should have waters the plants with more of the liquid. I think that this project was very fun to do. At first when we did this project, I thought that the bananas and water was going to grow the most but the tea one did.
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Bibliography

Ava:

This website is all about how caffeine affects the growth of plants, so Siena and I can understand better, how caffeine will change the plants we are growing. I know that this is a reliable site because the author of this article has written many articles on gardening and soil, so she knows what she is talking about.:
“Will Caffeine Affect Plant Growth – Tips On Fertilizing Plants With Caffeine.” Gardening Know How, 4 Apr. 2018, http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/will-caffeine-affect-plant-growth.htm.

This website is all about how soda contains many needed nutrients for plants, but how soda also contains process sugar, which can be fatal to plants. I know that this site is reliable because it is written by actual scientists.
Deziel, Chris. “What Happens When You Water Plants With Soda?” Sciencing, 2 Mar. 2019, https://sciencing.com/happens-water-plants-soda-6300916.html

This site is going to help Siena and I understand how coffee can help plants grow. I know that this site is reliable because it is written by researchers and it is not able to be edited by anyone, so all facts are true.
Vanderlinden, Colleen. “Use Diluted Coffee to Fertilize Plants.” HowStuffWorks, HowStuffWorks, 11 Jan. 2012, http://home.howstuffworks.com/green-living/use-diluted-coffee-to-fertilize-plants.htm.

This site is all about how bananas are able to help plants grow because they are rich in potassium. I know that this is a reliable site because it is written by an organic food producer, so they know about the vitamins and nutrients in bananas.
SiteAdmin. “Do Banana Peels Help Your Plants Grow?” Grow Organic Now, 17 May 2018, http://groworganicnow.com/do-banana-peels-help-your-plants-grow/

This site explains how tea can help a plants growth and why it does. This is a reliable site because it is written be a common news program.
Maier, Casandra. “Can Tea Grounds Help a Plant Grow?” Home Guides | SF Gate, 17 Dec. 2018, https://homeguides.sfgate.com/can-tea-grounds-plant-grow-70101.html 

Siena:

Library, Entire, Science projects, and The Growth. 2020. “The Effect of Caffeine on Plant Growth” | Science Project | Education.Com”. Education.Com. https://www.education.com/science-fair/article/effect-caffeine-plant-growth/
This cite is taking about the effects on plant growth if you add caffeine. It is talking about how caffeine can make plants grow bigger on fuller, but it is depending on the soil that it is grow in.
“Can Tea Grounds Help A Plant Grow?”. 2020. Homeguides.Sfgate.Com. https://homeguides.sfgate.com/can-tea-grounds-plant-grow-70101.html
In this cite it is talking about the effects on plants if you put caffeine in it. It is saying it depends on the soil that it is grow in. But it is very good for plants if you have the right soil and plant for it. The cite says that Acid-loving plant like tea better then other plants.
Library, SMART. 2020. “Potassium in Plants and Soil”. Smart Fertilizer https://www.smart-fertilizer.com/articles/potassium-in-plants/
This cite is taking about what potassium douse for soil. It says that it is very good for plants the reason why is because it is very health for it. Also is improves drought damage. Also, “Photosynthesis, potassium regulates the opening and closing of stomata, and therefore regulates CO2 uptake.”
2020. “What Happens if you Water Plants with Soda”Sciencing.Com https://sciencing.com/happens-water-plants-soda-6300916.html
This cite is talking about what happens when you water plants with soda. This says that it is very bad for it if the soda has sugar and dye in it. But if you use club soda it will improve the plant.
Ornaments. 2020. “Houseplant Watering 101: Avoid Too Much of a Good Thing”. Joy Us Garden | Houseplant and Succulent Care. https://www.joyusgarden.com/watering-houseplants/
This cite is talking about what happens if you put too much water and when you should water the plants a right time. This says that every 3 days is the appropriate time to water your plants.  
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