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Name: Roger
Status: student
Grade: 6-8
Location: NY
Country: USA
Date: Spring 2010

How does putting too much soil in a plant kill it?

The following should be helpful about soil depth, etc.

Anthony Brach, PhD
Missouri Botanical Garden
c/o Harvard University Herbaria

There are a number of reasons why the amount of soil hurts the growth of a plant. (1) The amount of soil affects the moisture content. This can cause microbes, fungus, and other undesirable growths. The soil can also can also affect the oxygen that reaches the plant roots. (2) The packing of the soil can also be a problem. It is difficult to separate all of these factors because it also depends on what plant you are referring to.

Vince Calder

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