Hill Country Naturalist

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The Underground World of Roots

  • “A photo of a demonstration where different prairie grasses were planted in a VERY tall container. And after some growth period, the container was opened, and the dirt washed off to show this mass of roots.”
    “A photo of a demonstration where different prairie grasses were planted in a VERY tall container. And after some growth period, the container was opened, and the dirt washed off to show this mass of roots.”
A few months ago I wrote about all of the inner working of leaves, the most obvious part of plants that we are most familiar with. Today, I want to discuss roots, the least familiar part of plants for most of us. In general, roots have three functions: holding the plant firmly in the ground, absorbing water and minerals for the whole plant, and producing hormones. Without the first, trees and…

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