How Plants Store Food | CMSMatHome

How Plants Store Food | CMSMatHome


Good morning from #CMSMatHome!
Plants store food in roots, stems, and leaves. This experiment shows that stored food can be used to start a plant growing again.
You’ll need tops of carrots, radishes, and pineapple, and a baking pan or recycled container with about 1/2″ of water. Place the carrots or radishes in the water. If you’d like, use cotton balls to hold them in place. Watch them as they sprout new leaves.
Remove the top greens of the pineapple, along with a small core of its flesh, then place it in a small container of water so just the bottom is submerged. Check it daily to see if it sends out roots and, when it does, transplant it to a pot and watch it grow. If you keep it as a houseplant, it may bear fruit in 2-3 years!

Further Your Learning

Save 2 – 3″ of the bottoms of celery, endive, bok choy, and romaine lettuce, then slightly trim off the bottom core. All of them grow easily and quickly! Fill a cake pan or recycled container with about 1/2″ water and set your vegetable core in. Watch new leaves sprout and harvest them to make a  healthy salad.

Share This Post

More To Explore


Summer Bucket List For Any Weather!

Summer is a time of adventure, exploration, and making lasting memories with your children. With the days longer and the weather warmer, it’s the perfect season to engage in fun-filled activities that cater to every age group and adapt to different weather conditions. In Southern Minnesota, we have all sorts of amazing things to see

Read More »
Child by raised garden bed at the Childrens Museum in Mankato

Gardening with Kids

Common wisdom passed down generations says to wait until after the fishing opener here in Southern Minnesota to put your plants in the ground. We’re not completely out of the woods, necessarily–we have had snow in May–but it’s a fair assumption. The tulips and daffodils and other perennials have pushed through and brought color to

Read More »