Tag Archives: Plants

Why do plants have flowers?

Flowers are the reproductive parts of flowering plants.  They make seeds that become new plants. Do you hurry by flowers or do you step and wonder why these fragrant, brightly colored things grow on plants? Flowers are an important  part of a plant because they pass on life to future plant generations by making seeds. …

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What is a greenhouse?

A greenhouse is a glass building to which flowers and other plants can be grown all year – even when the ground is white with snow. No matter what the weather is like outside, it’s always just right for the plants inside a greenhouse.  The glass roof and walls let in just the right amount …

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Where does wax come from?

When we think of wax, we may think of the soft, solid material that candles are made of. There are many kinds of wax and many uses for them.  Wax comes from animal, vegetable, and mineral sources. The wax used for making most candles and for sealing jars of homemade jelly is called paraffin.  Paraffin …

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How does yeast make bread rise?

YEASTS ARE THE TINY PLANTS THAT, WHN MIXED IN MOIST BREAD DOUGH, RELEASE A GAS THAT PUFFS UP THE DOUGH AND MAKE THE BREAD SOFT AND LIGHT. Bread is the oldest of all manmade foods. The earliest bread was not like the bread you are probably used to.  It was hard, flat, and dry. The …

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What is a rain forest?

A rain forest is a very dense and dark forest that grows in a land where the rainfall is very heavy.  A rain forest is a large, very thick forest in a land where rain is very heavy throughout the year.  The closely crowded trees need at least 80, and often much more, inches of rain each …

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What makes poison ivy itch?

The leaves and stem of poison ivy contain a poisonous oil that is very irritating to the skin. Poison Ivy is one of the most common and  most-feared poisonous plants in North America.   Few people can touch the leaves or berries without being poisoned. The poison is an oil that is extremely irritating to the skin, …

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What is Pollen?

The tiny yellow grains that are found in flowers are pollen.  The flowers use it in making the seeds that will grow into new plants. The dusty yellow grains that are found in flowers are pollen. Plants make the pollen in the saclike anthers of their flowers.  Pollen grains are so small that they look …

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