Activity adapted from American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Purple Plow Roots Rule Puzzler
Roots are an important part of a plant that anchor the plant and are responsible for the uptake of water. They promote soil health by preventing erosion and creating beneficial microbial communities.
But a root is not just a root. There are different types of roots each performing a different task. What types of roots are there and what do they do? Do a little research and see what information you can find out about roots. Hint: there are three primary types of roots.
Can you build a root system that can hold a pencil in place?
- Pipe cleaners
Post pictures of your completed root system in the NH 4-H Community Facebook Group with #NH4HHorticulture.
Want a bigger challenge? Try to “root” heavier items. Have a competition to see who can support the heaviest item!