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  1. #1 Experiment to reverse a plant growth. 
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    Can we exprement to reverse Leafed plant growth?
    Before i explain further I am sharing some collected info from net to make my case.


    what i mean when I say plant: It grows in ground with stem and roots. Water through "roots" goes to "body" and body makes nutrition available to every cell.


    Growth: It is the process by which a plant increases in the number and size of leaves and stems. Plant needs Co2, water, food to grow. Plant starts growth from a small seed


    Seed: It is a small embryonic plant enclosed in a covering called the seed coat, usually with some stored food. Seed contains radicle (for root)and cotyledon (for leaves).



    What is my idea: By reverse growth I dont mean that it is negative or shrinked growth. "I mean stems and leaves starting to grow in ground and root starting to grow in air".
    I know it is completely unthinkable. But I am interested . What experiment is required to get this result?


    People from botany side?


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    Some plants do put up roots above the surface. If a plant grew leaves in soil, it would never grow due to its inability to photosynthesize.


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    Precious, what do you feel will be accomplished by this concept?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleoichneum View Post
    Precious, what do you feel will be accomplished by this concept?
    After success of this experiment , I will be able to reply your this query. Which after reply of Flick seems impossible.
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    There are plants that do not need photosynthesis for life. Venus fly traps & other carnivorous plants come to mind. However they all need some nutrients. I could possibly see a plant of this type munching on worms and such below ground for nutrients but, it would be quite counter productive. Roots would be much more beneficial and they already feast on dead bugs when they decompose, thus somewhat self defeating to catch live ones underground that just happen to pass by. the purpose of most plants with there roots above ground is for breathing. gas exchange, usually due to stress. also due to nutrient deficiency.
    Edit: also for support, such as ivy.
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    Precious, you seem to think is a good idea now though, so i would like to know why you want to kill plants this way.

    Carnivorous plants still get the majority of their energy from photosynthesis. The carnivorous aspects are compensation for low soil nutrients.
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    Most plants operate as highly efficient wicks. If you stop the the leaves from evaporating water, the plant will suffer at least as badly as when its roots are dry. In general. Because the plant doesn't simply draw water to inflate its body, any more than you do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleoichneum View Post
    Precious, you seem to think is a good idea now though, so i would like to know why you want to kill plants this way.
    Sir, I dont want to kill plants, I just want a humble experiment.
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    Some plants (epiphytes) love to grow in the air but their roots are typically used for attachment purposes only. Some of the epiphytes are quite nasty such as the strangler fig which begins its life in the canopy with it's seed being dropped by a fruit bat or bird then over time winds its root system around a host tree (jnitially using the roots for attachment) and slowly extends the root system to the ground which then acts as a support system for the strangler fig itself as it engulfs and slowly kills the host plant. Mature strangler figs typically have a hollow centre (where the host tree once was) and can be huge. This is often where I retreat to when a heavy rain sets in and I am stuck in a rainforest. Fortunately it never engulfs me/ tic:-))
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