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Plant adaptations

The vegetable kingdom (one of the three in which every living form is classified, together with the animal kingdom and the insect kingdom) is extraordinary because it brings with it some of the most stunning examples of the adaptability of living forms, and in particular some plants. In fact, they are among the most ancient living organisms on the planet, and from the beginning of the time of life they are present without solution of continuity; this leads us to think, and it is clearly so, that they have survived all cataclysms, all climate changes, all catastrophic volcanic eruptions, all meteorite impacts, all earthquakes, floods, glaciations and periods of dry of our planet, reaching us and continuing to survive without any danger. Without an astonishing ability to adapt this would never have been possible, and here we can admire excellent examples: succulent plants (also known as succulents), capable of living without water for much longer than the time that would already be fatal for any man. , or aquatic plants, whose adaptation has led them to live even underwater, taking nutrients and oxygen without ever touching the air. But the list could go on, because there are plants that live on highly acidic subsoils and others that have aerial roots that absorb moisture, extraordinary. capable of living without water for much longer than the time that would already be fatal for any man, or aquatic plants, whose adaptation has led them to live even underwater, taking nutrients and oxygen without ever touching the air. But the list could go on, because there are plants that live on highly acidic subsoils and others that have aerial roots that absorb moisture, extraordinary. capable of living without water for much longer than the time that would already be fatal for any man, or aquatic plants, whose adaptation has led them to live even underwater, taking nutrients and oxygen without ever touching the air. But the list could go on, because there are plants that live on highly acidic subsoils and others that have aerial roots that absorb moisture, extraordinary.

Marsh plants


Marsh plants are a good example to understand some adaptations of nature and the plant world; they are an average, a sort of “missing link” between aquatic plants and land plants. In fact, marsh plants have leaves and flowers out of the water (or at most floating on the water), but they have roots that are immersed partly in water and partly in the earth below the water. Scholars believe that studying marsh plants is extraordinary because, placing them alongside aquatic and terrestrial plants, is like seeing a series of consecutive snapshots of the evolution of some plants that have “moved” into water. Well, in fact, marsh plants are plants that have adapted to live on the edges of lakes above all, or of rivers in stretches where there is very little current; they are not strong enough to resist the movement of water, on the contrary they prefer stagnant water also because in this case there is also their ideal climate, that is rather humid and without excessive wind. There are many species of marsh plants, some also known to the general public especially in appearance.

Marsh plants in the garden

The marsh plant is a beautiful specimen of a plant that can be used to decorate various types of gardens; of course, the marsh plant must necessarily be positioned near a pond, but we must not think disproportionately: there is no need to have a garden like that of the Royal Palace of Caserta in order to have a pond, also because what interests the plants marshy as a habitat are those thirty centimeters from the shore, where the depth of the water does not reach half a meter and where there is a soft and a bit mixed soil where you can put the roots. If we love plants of this genus, and there are many beautiful ones, we advise you to do an inexpensive and also very simple job to do in DIY, digging a small hole in the garden, from a low depth so that you can fill it all with marsh plants.

Characteristics of marsh plants

But how do you grow a marsh plant? Many people ask themselves this question, and objectively they do not hurt as it is enough to think about it a little to raise the main doubts: certainly it will not be necessary to water, but I will have to change the water every now and then (we are still in a small closed artificial lake) ? Do plants require fertilization, and how should it be done? Should pruning be left to mother nature or are there specific techniques? There is an answer to these and many other questions, just inquire; let’s say immediately that the marsh plants should not be watered, but the water must be topped up because it will tend to evaporate (especially in non-rainy periods). Second thing: yes, marsh plants require a light fertilization that must be carried out with specific products that are usually poured into the water of the pond, whether in powder, tablets or liquids, following the instructions on the package. Third question: the pruning of marsh plants is a process that is not so much to the benefit of the plant, but to the benefit of cleaning the water and the entire environment of the pond; in fact the plants must be pruned from dead leaves and dry branches, which at times can even fall into the water, making a bad effect to the whole. It is therefore good to clean the pond when you notice any falls and then let nature continue its course. the pruning of marsh plants is a process that is not so much to the benefit of the plant, but to the benefit of cleaning the water and the whole environment of the pond; in fact the plants must be pruned from dead leaves and dry branches, which at times can even fall into the water, making a bad effect to the whole. It is therefore good to clean the pond when you notice some falls and then let nature continue its course. the pruning of marsh plants is a process that is not so much to the benefit of the plant, but to the benefit of cleaning the water and the whole environment of the pond; in fact the plants must be pruned from dead leaves and dry branches, which at times can even fall into the water, making a bad effect to the whole. It is therefore good to clean the pond when you notice some falls and then let nature continue its course.

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