Altitude and Plant Adaptations
Location: Outside U.S.
Date: Spring 2010
sir/mam, there are many plants which are grown at specific
altitude e.g tea at 1000-1500m.
Can we grow these plants at different altitudes by making some
adjustments in atmospheric pressure or
any other way.In short altitude can be adjusted or not, if yes then how?
Rather than atmospheric pressure, other factors such as specific
pollinators, water stress, sunlight, neighboring plant species, soil
factors, and environmental disturbance are likely more important in
the distribution of particular alpine plants.
These might be helpful:
And see reciprocal transplant experiments of alpine plants.
Anthony R. Brach, PhD
This is difficult to answer without knowing specific details: The soil
moisture content, the hours of daylight vs. dark, the altitude -- it's
a long list. The best you can do is try. Keep soil moisture adequate
for growth, provide sunlight, and hope!!
That's really isn't my area of expertise, but good plant care is the
best recommendation I can make.
The parameter associated with altitude is air pressure
But air pressure is not a major factor in plant survival.
At different altitudes, parameters such as air temperature, soil quality,
amount and type of precipitation are the most influential parameters.
Latitude is also a factor because that effects the length of the growing
season, i.e. the annual exposure to sunlight.
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