|How do the plants get the items needed to make food?|
|Question Date: 2018-04-24|
In order to grow, plants need carbon dioxide,
water, sunlight, and nutrients. The plants
get carbon dioxide from the air
(that’s what we breathe out!), water from
the soil or rain, sunlight from the
sun, and nutrients from the
ground. In a process called
photosynthesis, the plants combines these
ingredients to make food for itself. As a
result of this, plants release oxygen into the
air that we (and animals) need to breath to stay
alive! The plants help us by giving us air,
and we help the plants by giving them water and
soil and sunlight.
I think what you're asking is how do plants
grow/make fruit? This is a great question!
Basically, plants, usually in the cells in their
leaves, capture sunlight and turn CO2
(carbon dioxide) and H2O (water) into
This sugar can be used by the plants to
make energy, when can be used to get
bigger. Just like when you eat food, you turn that
food into energy to grow.
Plants live partly in the air and sunlight, and
partly in soil or dirt [did you ever think about
how 'soiled' and 'dirty' mean the same thing? I
Plants got carbon dioxide from the air and energy
from the sunlight. From the soil, they get
minerals [iron, manganese and so forth] and other
elements [phosphorous and potassium]. They
actually get nitrogen from microbes that live on
the roots of some plants like bean plants. The
microbes do a chemical reaction that turns
nitrogen gas into ammonia, NH3, which
plants can use.
Soil is a major source of nutrients needed by
plants for growth. The three main nutrients are
nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K).
Plants also need small quantities of iron,
manganese, zinc, copper, boron and molybdenum,
known as trace elements because only traces are
needed by the plant.
You can read more about
-Hydrogen and oxygen from water, that they take up
through their roots;
-Carbon from carbon dioxide, in the air
-Nitrogen, magnesium, phosphorous, and sulfur out
of the soil, dissolved in the water that they take up;
-Energy from sunlight
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