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Food for plants

Food for plants
Posted by Jackie Moe from MN on 2001-04-10 20:07:02

My daughter is doing some research on the best food for plants. She's wondering why water is the best food. Why is water better than pop or coffee? Can anyone help answer this?
  • Water for plants
    Posted by Will Creed from NYC on 2001-04-11 17:45:42

    Like people, plants are made up mostly of water. Also like people, plants lose water through leaf pores. That water must be replaced regularly or the plant will dehydrate. Water also dissolves the minerals (nutrients) in the soil so that they can be absorbed by the plants roots.

    Soda, coffee and other beverages are mostly water and do provide some benefit to plants. However, they also contain other substances that are not beneficial for plants. For example, coffee is acidic and wil lower the pH of the soil. When that happens nutrients become bound up and are not available to the plant. Soda contains lots of sugar which has no nutrient value to plants or people. Plain water and nutrient rich soil is best for plants.


    Quoting Jackie Moe: ------------
    -My daughter is doing some research on the best food for plants. She's wondering why water is the best food. Why is water better than pop or coffee? Can anyone help answer this?

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