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Name: Eric
Status: student
Age: 6
Location: GA
Country: N/A
Date: April 2006


Question:
My name is Eric. I am 6 and I go to an Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia. In my class there is a big question. We are learning about living and non-living things and we don't know this: If you pick a rosebud, but it is still going to bloom in a few days... when you pick it do you call it a non-living thing or a living thing because it still blooms?


Replies:
Eric,

A very interesting question.

The simple answer is that sometimes the bud, after it is picked , is still alive. I had good luck this summer to pick 10 rose buds from different rose bushes in my yard and gardens of my brother and my parents. I placed the cut rose stems in water and put them out to look at on a window sill that faced north. The good luck part of the story is that 3 of the buds developed roots, and I later planted the new rose plants back out in the garden. The bad luck part of the story is that 7 of the buds did not develop roots, and instead they rotted. This means at the time they were picked, all of the buds were alive, and 3 continued to live, which the other 7 died at some time.

I am looking forward to the springtime to see if the 3 new rose plants, and all of the other older roses, survived the wintertime. :)

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Ric Rupnik


thanks for your help.I would call it "living" until it dried up since the tiny cells of the stem and flower are still working. Sometimes if you put a stem in water and wait long enough the stem can grow new roots and start a new plant.

Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.

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