How Plants Uptake Nutrients

How Plants Uptake Nutrients Through Roots

How Plants Uptake Nutrients

Plants uptake nutrients from the soil through its roots. The roots are the crucial part of the plant that is responsible for nutrient uptake. The plant uptakes nutrients from the soil through its root hairs.

The roots are not only responsible for the uptake of nutrients but water as well. The nutrients and water travel from the soil to the roots, then up through the stem, to the individual branches, and then to the fruit.

In order for the roots to uptake nutrients, there must be a film of water around each root hair to pass from the soil to the plant. Whenever there is not enough water around the roots of a plant, nutrients fail to move into the plant.

The important thing to know when gardening is that plants uptake nutrients from the soil. So if you want a plant that is healthy with nutrients, the nutrients must be placed in the soil for the plant to uptake it. This is a reason why it is very important to have nutrient-rich, live soil, and not dead soil. This is why nitrogen, manure, and various types of compost is mixed with soil. The more rich and healthy the soil is, the more nutrients the plants can uptake from it and thrive.

When a plant has already been placed in the earth, you may think you'd have to dig up the soil and get to where the roots are and then place the nutrients there to feed the roots. However, this is not how it's usually done because this may disturb and cause damage to the roots. Instead, when feeding plants (nutrients), normally the nutrient solution is soluble and is mixed with water. Then, all a gardener has to be do is just pour the liquid solution on the surface of the soil. The solution will seep down under and reach and be uptaken by the roots of the plant.

Smith, Edward C. Incredible Vegetables from Self-Watering Containers. Massachusetts: Storey Publishing, 2006.

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