MadSci Network: Agricultural Sciences

Re: Does sugars help plantes to grow faster

Date: Tue Apr 14 18:48:37 1998
Posted By: Mark Madachik, PD, Heartland Farm/Nursery
Area of science: Agricultural Sciences
ID: 892483670.Ag

Hi Dave----I'm assuming that you are asking if sugar is addede to the 
the soil or medium that the plant is growing in will it grow faster?
Though plants in their everyday growth cycles often produce 
sugars I know of no evidence that would indicate that adding sugar wouild 
increase a plants growth rate.  Plants don't "digest" complex structures 
well; in fact plants often rely on bacteria and other organisms to break 
down these complex structures into simpler structures like simple nitrates 
and phosphates.  You just might want to set up a simple experiment to get a 
conclusive answer....Mark 

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