Friday, March 30, 2012

How do Plants &Trees in Metros get Water in the Summer in India -

30th March 2012.

Q: How do Trees in Metros Survive without watering ?
Last month in Mumbai this was a question a Yoga Acharya , Mahaveer Sainik asked me on the steps of the Shree Babul Nath Shiva Mandir in Mumbai temple .He is residing at Babul Nath near the entrance of temple; When he saw me come down the high  steps slowly- studying the trees and taking photos from the steps on ---TREE WATCH ..Shri. Mahaveer was quite intrigued-and we got into a happy chat on Temple Trees asnd Babulnath is surrounded by many trees -In fact the location name comes from the Babul Tree. 
I asked him about  a bag  of sugar left at the foot of one tree-said it was left  for Ants in this Temple by Jain devotees.
I promised to send him some notes on his question;must add he was really good -esp in Yoga- Mudra pranayama was explained further to me- he gave me his book too.
He agreed to arrange Watering of the temple trees-God Bless--him
and thankful to meet such people on Travels & Tree Watch.
Searched -this is what I learnt:
Tree roots seek out water and absorb soil solutions through osmosis...capillary action
Trees create their own supports with roots, trunks and limbs and in some cases seem to have a greater capacity to Regenerate .
From Science --gleaned this data:
Negative hydrostatic pressure attracts nutrient-filled water through a wick, made up of xylem cells (using capillary action), to limbs and leaves hundreds of feet high. Leaf pores called stomata open to capture carbon dioxide for photosynthesis but necessarily lose massive amounts of water from evaporation into the Earth's atmosphere. This water loss from plants is called transpiration.
Ashwattha Tree at Babulnath -Ganeshji Vigraha -near steps leading to temple  

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