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if you scatter salt on the soil of a potted plant,the plant may shrivel up and die.Why?explain the process?

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  • if you scatter salt on the soil of a potted plant,the plant may shrivel up and die.Why?explain the process?


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Answer #1 | 08/02 2014 13:16
Osmosis. Adding salt to the soil will make the plant hypertonic with respect to the salted soil. The water will leave the plant (osmosis) to hydrate the soil until the osmotic pressure is balanced. The "water leaving the plant" part is what will cause the plant to die. Plants need an influx of water to function.
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Answer #2 | 08/02 2014 11:52
Salt has sodium in it and will dry the plant up which will cause it to die. I would suggest you get book on plants.
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Answer #3 | 08/02 2014 11:52
I don't study this but I would imagine it is to do with the soil getting dissolved in water when the plant is watered. The same way in which too much salt is bad for humans, too much salt is bad for plants. The salt water would be toxic to most common inland plants.
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