Research Paper on How Plants Absorb Nutrients

1218 WordsFeb 6, 20125 Pages
-How plants get liquid and minerals- Flowers absorb liquid through their roots, which are attached to xylem vessels. Xylem vessels are tubes that can expand through several feet of tissue and be .7mm in diameter. Their walls are thickened with cellulose deposits. Xylem bring water up to the leaves and petals of the plant. Even without contact with the roots, the xylem can still absorb water. Because of this, a cut flower usually doesn’t die for a couple days (as long as it is placed in water of course). The fluid inside of the plants is transported by capillary action. Capillary action is caused by surface tension and adhesion. Adhesion is an attraction between two substances of different states (such as a liquid and a solid). An example…show more content…
Sulfur is usually found in sufficient amounts from the slow decomposition of soil organic matter, an important reason for not throwing out grass clippings and leaves.” (Quote from http://ncagr.gov/cyber/kidswrld/plant/nutrient.htm) Micronutrients are needed in much smaller quantities than macronutrients. “The micronutrients are boron (B), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), chloride (Cl), manganese (Mn), molybdenum (Mo) and zinc (Zn). Recycling organic matter such as grass clippings and tree leaves is an excellent way of providing micronutrients (as well as macronutrients) to growing plants.” (Quote from http://ncagr.gov/cyber/kidswrld/plant/nutrient.htm) -How plants grow with different liquids- Gatorade: “The basic ingredients in Gatorade are water, sugar, carbohydrates and electrolytes -- potassium and sodium. These ingredients work together to rehydrate a person…The electrolytes and sugar content in Gatorade that are essential for human hydration are not effective in hydrating plants. Moreover, the combination caused a moldy substance to coat the plant 's soil, preventing absorption of any nutrients from the soil.” (Quote from http://www.ehow.com/facts_7886058_gatorade-good-plants.html) Orange juice: “Orange juice sugar content varies from brands to brand, but all-natural orange juice with no sugar added will have little negative effect on growing plants. Because apples do naturally contain sugar, orange juice is still less effective than water for
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