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Green Plant Makes Their Own Food
Plants, like people, need water and nutrition to live. Unlike people who get their nutrition by drinking fluid and eating food, plants do not. Green plants contain chlorophyll and they absorb sunlight as energy to make their own food using their chlorophyll. This process is called Photosynthesis. Plants also take in minerals from the soil through their roots. The most important minerals that plants need are nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium.
Fungi Take Their food from Rotting Plants
Mushrooms and toadstools belong to the Fungi family and they do not have green chlorophyll to absorb sunlight and to make food. Hence they cannot make their own food but take their food from rotting plants, like fallen leaves.
Without Water Plant Will Wither
Plants absorb their water using their roots. The water is needed during the process of Photosynthesis to make food. If the weather is too hot and dries up the water, the plants do not get enough water.
How to Rescue a Withered Plant
If there is not enough water and the plant is withering, you can water the plant by spraying water on the soil, not just on the leaves and flowers. Because the plant absorb water through its roots, when you dampen the soil with water, its roots will absorb the water.
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As seen above, the nutrients and water for the plants are absorbed from the soil. For this reason, in the Parable of the Sower, Jesus talked about seeds scattered on good soil will be fruitful. How then does this apply to our lives? Well, we need good soil for us to draw our nutrients. For us, this means spending time with God and draw our nourishments from God. Jesus said:
4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:4-5 (NIV)