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Name: Amandeep
Status: student
Grade:
Location: Outside U.S.
Country: India
Date: Spring 2010

Question:
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?



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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:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/5508.html

http://icb.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/46/1/3

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.

Vince Calder


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.

Sincere regards,

Mike Stewart



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