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Frillylily
Apr 14, 2014 10:01 PM CST
I dug up some iris and a few roses, put them in the trunk of the car-then it dropped down, rained and SNOWED today (Booooo:(
so the plants are still in the trunk. I thought they would be protected there overnight but now I am wondering if they will suffocate. Silly question, but do plants breathe ? LOL don't laugh at my dumb question !
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drdawg
Apr 15, 2014 6:26 AM CST
Plants do need air but there is plenty in your trunk. They won't suffocate.

They are not heavy breathers. Sticking tongue out

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Frillylily
Apr 15, 2014 10:28 AM CST
Ok great, I just got them out this morning, the sun finally came out again. It got down in the 20s last night. I hope these cold temps go away soon! I was worried about them being closed up like that.
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RickCorey
Apr 18, 2014 5:38 PM CST
I recall reading something decades ago that said they consume oxygen just like us when they don't have light. They need to keep their metabolism going,

When they have enough light, they do produce lots of oxygen and get all or most of their metabolic energy from light. But MAYBE they also consume some oxygen in the light, and just produce more than they consume. That, I don't know.

But I agree with Ken: a trunk is big and is probably not airtight. The cold would have slowed down their metabolism so they would not have needed much oxygen anyway.

>> It got down in the 20s last night.

I think you were lucky they didn't freeze! Maybe the snow insulated the trunk.


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drdawg
Apr 18, 2014 8:25 PM CST
Come on Rick, surely you are not saying plants, small enough to fit in a trunk of a car, use the same volume of oxygen that a human would consume. Perhaps in certain circumstances they use oxygen, but not even in the same universe of what we would consume.

I need a vacation!
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RickCorey
Apr 21, 2014 1:16 PM CST
No, I was agreeing with you.

Ken said:
>> Plants do need air but there is plenty in your trunk. They won't suffocate.

Rick said:
>> But I agree with Ken: a trunk is big and is probably not airtight.

I also agree with you that a human uses much more oxygen than an equal weight of plants would, even actively growing plants thrust into complete darkness.
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drdawg
Apr 21, 2014 1:25 PM CST
Thank You!
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david_reaves
Apr 30, 2014 4:42 PM CST
Plants do use oxygen, just like animals, called respiration. It happens all the time but photosynthesis (in light) produces excess oxygen and consumes carbon dioxide. In the dark, plants use environmental oxygen but much more slowly than animals. Being in the trunk, for relatively small plants and in a poorly sealed area like that would be no risk at all. Thumbs up
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Frillylily
Apr 30, 2014 5:47 PM CST
The plants did fine and I put them in pots and they look great!
Thanks to everyone for your replies Smiling
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RickCorey
Apr 30, 2014 5:52 PM CST
;-)

As an experiment, I locked myself and two other friends in my trunk overnight, and we all suffocated, confirming our theories.

Whistling

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Frillylily
Apr 30, 2014 5:54 PM CST
Did your autopsy confirm what we all already know?

Smiling sorry, couldn't resist lol
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RickCorey
Apr 30, 2014 5:58 PM CST
Well, they found that the part of my brain that controls making silly posts was over-enlarged and seemed to have taken over the part of the brain normally used for common sense.

I don't think we proved that humans don't photosynthesize, since we were all in the dark.

Otherwise, yes, we proved our theories. We would be working on an article for The Journal Of Ir-Reproducible Results if we weren't all dead.

Blinking
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david_reaves
Apr 30, 2014 6:02 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing I don't think there is anything I can say...
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RickCorey
Apr 30, 2014 6:10 PM CST
Of course not, you were the second person in the trunk!

Now we're doing the same thing that Beethoven and Bach are doing: decomposing.

springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Apr 30, 2014 6:17 PM CST
Well decompose over my garden, maybe something will grow lol
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Apr 30, 2014 7:31 PM CST
Come, post with me!

I have a neighbor that I would LOVE to bury in my compost heap some dark night. But she might poison the other saprophytes.
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Frillylily
May 1, 2014 6:00 AM CST
LOL I have about a dozen neighbors cats I'd like to compost ! and some deer and some moles....
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Sharon
May 1, 2014 2:34 PM CST
"Come, post with me."

Rick, that's the funniest line I've read in years. Big Grin

Frilly, glad your plants are fine.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
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RickCorey
May 1, 2014 3:47 PM CST
Thank you!

I tip my hat to you.
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Sharon
May 1, 2014 3:52 PM CST
And being a speed reader, I read it just like you meant it.
'Compost with me.' Which, of course, made little sense.

Actually it doesn't take much to entertain me. Thumbs up
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