How plants drink water: part 1️⃣

Pass me the water, please. 💦

Did you know it takes
zero energy for a plant to drink water. 😲

Crazy, right? What does that even mean? Let’s put that into perspective.

Right now I’m sitting at the dining room table. If I wanted to get water, I’d get up out of my chair, walk to the kitchen, pour water from the tap into a glass, and drink it. Each of those tasks uses up tiny bits of my mental and physical energy.

In contrast, your flowers sitting on the front porch don’t have to spend any energy to drink water. Aside from the fact that you're probably the person who waters them, they don't spend any energy to take up water from the soil.

I'm not gonna lie; when I first had the realization that plants could drink water without expending energy, I was a little jealous. And I was super curious to figure out how that actually worked. 

Continue on to find out what I learned. 


This blog post is part of a series on how plants drink water. You can navigate to any post in the series by using the menu here:

  1. Pass me the water, please. 💦
  2. The root of the matter. 🧐
  3. Oh xylem, my xylem. 😍
  4. Transpiration: take a breath. 🤭
  5. Water sticks together. 😛
  6. Cohesion: water that sticks together, evaporates together. 🤯
  7. Adhesion: liquids stick to the surface of their container. 🤮
  8. How do these forces work together? 🤔
  9. Final Thoughts 🙌 


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