|What do plants need to grow?|
|Question Date: 2012-11-09|
Plants need the same things we need to grow,
but they get these nutrients in a different
manner. We eat food and drink liquids, and our
digestive tract digests these into their basic
components - carbohydrates (sugars), lipids
(fats), and proteins. In addition, the plants
need light from the sun because they use the
light to activate their digestive and creation
pathways. When we have carbohydrates, we break
them down even further into CO2 to
create a molecule called ATP - adenosine tri-
phosphate. This molecule provides energy to all
of the chemical reactions we have going on in
our bodies. Plants also use this molecule to
power their systems, and therefore to gather
enough nutrients to grow. Plants will gather
their nutrients from the ground through their
root system, and they will make some molecules
by using the sunlight.
Most plants require sunshine, water, carbon
dioxide, and soil, or some other source of
Plants need the same things you need: water,
the elements that they are made of, and energy.
The difference between plants and you is that
one of these elements, carbon, can be gotten
from the air, and the energy can be gotten from
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