How Plants Work
At our 1st meeting of 2018, held Monday evening, March 19th, we were treated to an entertaining and very informative presentation by horticluturalist and member Dave Adams on the secret life of plants.
He distributed tree cores and various leaves that added considerable punch to his presentation. To some of the 18 members present, he sparked memories reminiscent of happy high-school biology classes.
Dave taught or reminded us how plants work, reminding us that what we do makes a difference.
If we over fertilize there is a greater concentration of salts around the roots and we have x osmosis.
If we leave our plants root laying in the sun the root hairs die and the plant must replace them before the plant can provide food for growth.
If we ring bark a stem our plant can no longer feed itself.
If we want to move our plant in warm weather we can temporally block the stomatal pores with an anti transparent until the roots and stem are back in balance.
Cambium heals pruning wounds if we cut around the abscission layer.
In closing, we were reminded that our garden plants are wonderful structures that take these basic principles and adjust and modify them to help them tolerate all kinds of climates and conditions.