By Brian Capon

ISBN-10: 0881922587

ISBN-13: 9780881922585

A transparent, nontechnical clarification of ways crops paintings, and our bestselling ebook. It succeeds in explaining the complicated tactics of plant progress, features, variation, responses, and replica in basic language. because the writer meant, the gardener can come to appreciate a plant "from the plant's element of view."

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Although the roots of most trees grow to moderate lengths, they rarely exceed the height of their uppermost stems. Forest trees, ornamentals, and fruit trees frequently distribute their roots in a wide circle where waterabsorbing root tips occupy a ''drip zone"an area beyond the leaf canopy to which rain is channeled from the foliage above. This pattern of root growth should be recalled when irrigating and fertilizing garden trees. 32 m) in depth. The limited root growth of hybrid roses, for example, simplifies transplanting them either in "root balls" or by "bare root" methods.

During seasons of active growth, both the apical and lateral meristems make their separate but coordinated contributions to the shape and size of a plant. When one looks at trees from day to day, < previous page page_23 next page > < previous page page_24 next page > Page 24 Mitosisthe dance of the chromosomes. The root's apical meristem is the U-shaped area a short distance from the tip (photograph at left). In the meristem's cells, division of the nuclei involves the separation of matching chromosome strands in stages named: a.

The seed contains an embryo, one cotyledon (corn is a monocot) and a second food-storage structure called the endosperm (endo-, within; sperma, seed) that also nourishes the seedling during germination. The soft, white pulp in each grain of fresh corn-on-the-cob is endosperm. The size of the food-storage structures in a seed determine the maximum depth to which it can be planted and successfully germinate. If, for example, a small seed is set too deeply, the seedling will use the reserve foods, on which it depends, before it reaches the soil surface.

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