Back in early August we put stickers on our trees’ green leaves to see if they would by effected by the lack of sunlight. We kept checking to see if a change was taking place and had no luck, UNTIL the leaves started changing colors.
We were so excited to find polka dot leaves last week! Next summer we will try darker stickers instead of white to see if we can get a change when the leaves are green.
How to do it:
1. Wipe a fresh green leaf clean, it must remain on the tree for this to work.
2. Place a dark sticker or tape aluminum foil onto the leaf. If you use foil, cut it into fun shapes….maybe even spell out your name or make a neat pattern.
3. Check your design weekly to see if a change has happened. Be careful pulling the stickers from the leaf, some will be too sticky and rip the leaf, so do a lot.
4. Try this on many types of trees and leaves. Be sure to keep some on the trees until the Autumn color change; I love the look we had this year.
5. Press the leaf to preserve it.
For an explanation on why the Autumn deciduous trees change color and more science experiments with Autumn leaves visit Science Made Simple.