Can Plants Grow Without Sunlight or Water?

4.1 based on 136 ratings

Updated on Oct 25, 2013

Grade Level: 2nd-4th; Type: Botany


Test whether plants can grow without sunlight and water.

Research Questions:

How do plants make their own food? Plants contain a green pigment called chlorophyll, which can make food from water and energy from sunlight. But what happens when you deprive plants of water and sunlight? Can they live? For how long?


  • Potted plant
  • Pen and paper

Experimental Procedure

  1. Place your potted plant in a dark room or closet.
  2. Do not water your plant.
  3. Check on the plant every two days for two weeks, and observe what happens.
  4. Record your results.

Terms/Concepts: Plants; photosynthesis; primary producers


Biology of Plants, by Peter H. Raven, Ray F. Evert, and Susan E. Eichhorn (W. H. Freeman and Company, 2005)

Sofia PC is currently a college student with a deep interest in science who is aspiring to become a writer. She writes about all sorts of things across all subjects including, but not limited to; science, crafts, and fashion. She hopes to become a good writer so she can share her thoughts and experiences with the world and future generations.

How likely are you to recommend to your friends and colleagues?

Not at all likely
Extremely likely