How Does Salt Effect Plants?


How does salt effect plants?

Hardiness Zone: 7b

Teresa From Southaven, MS

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How does salt effect plant?

Teresa,
As I understand it, salt is taken up by the plant cells and begins to absorb water from those cells so expanding and breaking down the plant structure eventually destroying the plant, this is not reversible.

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Alan (11/16/2006)

By Alan24

How does salt effect plant?

Salt is used to kill weeds and to sterilize, so I imagine it would kill a plant. (11/16/2006)

By betty webb

How does salt effect plant?

Table salt or rock salt kills them. Epsom salt is good for some plants. sweetens tomatoes, good for roses. Don't know if it snows where you are, but if you put out salt to keep ice off the walk. It will kill the plants around the walk too. Not too good for cement either. (11/16/2006)

By carla bledsoe

How does salt effect plants?

Kills them! (11/16/2006)

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How does salt effect plants?

It Kills the poor little plants! (11/26/2006)

By Yo Mama

How does salt effect plants?

The most common reason that salt kills plants is because the cells of plants contain a certain amount of water and other dissolved things. When surrounded by water that contains a larger amount of salt there is a general rule that water will try to move between the inside and the outside of the cell wall to make the amount of dissolved things equal. So a high concentration of salt outside the cell wall will suck the water out of the cell and eventually cause the cell to collapse (which is killing the plant). (09/27/2007)

By person

How does salt effect plants?

Salt kills plants by stopping air flow. I did it for a project, trust me. (12/20/2007)

By jamila khan

How does salt effect plants?

Question - Why does salt kill plants? --
There could be several reasons, but the most common reason is that the cells of plants contain a certain amount of water and other dissolved things. When surrounded by water that contains a larger amount of salt, there is a general rule that water will try to move between the inside and the outside of the cell wall to make the amount of dissolved things equal. So a high concentration of salt outside the cell wall will "suck" the water out of the cell and eventually cause the cell to collapse. (04/23/2008)

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