Is it true that plants are living things? Wasn’t he unable to speak and see, never seen to breathe or eat like humans and animals? Simple experiments don’t just cover the fundamentals of chemistry and physics. Simple biology can be introduced to children to drive them to learn about nature and the environment around them, as well as gather knowledge to answer their questions.
This experiment is about biology, specifically proving that plants can breathe. One of the features of living beings is the ability to breathe. When the breathing process begins, it is followed by the process of transpiration. Transpiration is a type of evaporation that necessitates the presence of both water and air.
Although the process of transpiration is not directly visible in everyday life for plants, it can be better understood with this simple experiment. In this experiment, the treatment of plants was compared to the treatment of inanimate objects.
Tools and Materials of Simple Experiments; Plants also Perspire
- Leafy plants
- Plastic bags
- Rubber band or tape
- Empty container (empty jar or bottle)
Step of Simple Experiments; Plants also Perspire
- Prepare leafy plants and empty containers. To make it easier to use plants in pots.
- Wrap the empty container with a plastic bag, leaving some empty space in the bag.
- Wrap the leaves of the plant in a plastic bag, tape the bottom of the bag or secure it with a rubber band.
4. Let stand for about 2 hours
5. Examine the distinction. There was no change in the plastic bag that encased the empty container. The plastic bag is still completely empty. Meanwhile, water droplets can be seen stuck to the interior of the plastic bag that covers the plant leaves. Water is released from the plant during the breathing process, resulting in these sweat-like drops.
Explanation of Simple Experiments; Plants also Perspire
The plant opens its stomata (part of the plant’s body enclosed in the leaves) to absorb air when breathing, and then the plant releases water, which appears as droplets in the plastic bag that wraps the leaves in this simple experiment. It is also proved that plants are living beings that “perspire.” Let’s do some more trials to gain more insight and knowledge.