Is Plant a Living Thing? (Or Nonliving thing, Organism, Being, Cells)

Are you studying about plants did you get a question on why leaves are green or may be are plants a living thing or no living thing may be its a living being or why human are called beings. All these question have answer just below you can Read on.

Are Plants Living things

Is plant a living thing?

Yes, Plant is a living thing because going to the definition of living thing – One who can breath, eat, reproduce & grow are considered living. Plants as living things make their own food using photosynthesis process on leaves. Plants gets everything from soil and sunlight. Its root used to spread water to every part of the plant and they grow just as living thing.

Nutrients are also it gets from soil. They reproduce through pollination and also self pollination. Same as human they feel cold , hot temperature , they gets disease and also medicine like pesticides to control the damage.

They can’t move on their own but they reach to the sunlight using the roots or branches. This term called alive can also be used for animals and plant that are dead but still they counted as living things.

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A ocean is a example where every fish , plant considered as living but stone, wood, metal, air, sunlight considered as non living.

These things doesn’t react to anything that is why it is said to be in non living category. Even after plant not alive, it was used as Plant Food fertilizer for other plants and this same thing provide nutrients which are important for plants growth.

Is Plant a living thing
Is Plant a living thing

As you know Animals Like Mammals, Amphibians, birds that are alive and even if they are dead still they counted as living being because they eat food, breath air, walk , fly , most importantly they move from one place to another.

We have example of every genera of Plants like mosses, trees, palms, shrubs, vines, ferns they are alive and they do reproduce , they regrow, life for them is limited for like 1 year and some even lived for like 100-1000 years.

Things like Bacteria, Fungus which are naturally made are also alive. And when we talk about Non Living things , these are the things we may know – Sunlight, water, air, rocks they are not alive, they can eat food, they can’t reproduce.

You may also encounter a question like do plants are living things or living beings?

So to give this answer let’s first try to think, do plants understand anything, do they say anything or do they have any thought process so the answer is no they don’t have anything like that.

That is the simple answer why they are called living things. When we talk about living beings we generally refer to human beings as we have thought processes and understanding.

A living thing or being is made up of cells or groups of cells and that way a chemical process happens and which makes living beings or living things. Plants, animals, and humans all have cells.

 There is one more question do Plants are living organisms? so the answer is yes they are and let me explain. A living organism is something taken birth on earth , grows throughout life then starts to fade and die.

This process happens also they may reproduce  and a new baby plant born just like we humans produce children. These major things happen that denote a plant as a living organism.

Do plants move?

Yes, plants move when they get light, water, touch, and more. Think of it as whenever we place a plant in sunlight they start growing, you may find after 4 days the plant has grown and moved its stem more.

Some plants when they don’t get enough light they move to a location which has sunlight so they can prepare food and grow.

Even some plants move with touch. Some Carnivorous plants eat the insects once the flies come to their flower opening; they close the flower and capture the insect and eat it.

Check out my articles on bladderworts, they are the type of Plant that feeds on other insects and even animals. Make sure to read and gain knowledge.

Is plant a living thing or nonliving thing

Plants are living things because they grow with time, produce new fruits if they are trees. They make their own food and get water from the environment.

All the greenery weather it is bushes, cactus, trees they are once a plant. Plants are living things as they even get hurt, recover from it and keep growing then reproduce and take more nutrients from surroundings. 

Even some plants have flowers like tomatoes which then create fruit from it. Yes Botanically tomato is a fruit but many called it as vegetable because it sells in the market of veggies.

What we eat today is like fruits that come from trees and vegetables which generally have roots, stems or leaves. They are all part of plants and they are living things.

Is plant a living organism

A plant may be a living organism because it has a cell known as eukaryotic. A living organism is something that is made from multiple cells.

As you know our body is made of cells that make tissues which ultimately make a single organ. And when those all organs work together it makes a proper functioning of a human body.

Living Organism is something that grows similar to trees and plants. There are non living organisms such as water, air, pen, paper that don’t show any cells or growth in them.

Is plant a living being

No, Plant is not a Living being because It applies to Humans as we can talk, have greater understanding, we can think forward and we have given names to other people and things.

“Being” is used for human beings as we have the scientific knowledge and have divided the classes  of living things whether it is fungi, animal, plants, monera or Protista.

Humans have thought process, speech, talking, understanding, knowing, grabbing knowledge from others, applying it in many other places, naming, creating, making, building all are done by Being. Specially The Knowledge we humans have that classify the other living things makes human beings different from living things.

What are the 5 living things?

The Classification of all the living things into 5 kingdoms:

  1. Animals Kingdom
  2. Plant Kingdom
  3. Monera
  4. Protist
  5. Fungi

All these living things have similar characteristics because they grow in a very common manner. As you know they all Either take their nutrition from others(just like animals) or they make their own on their own just like plants make.

Some of these Living things take oxygen while others don’t use oxygen but carbon dioxide for living. Some reproduce either just like humans do while other don’t do like that and using spores for reproduction.

All these living things have either single celled or multi cell structures. 


Properties of plant a living thing

  • Multicellular – Plants have multiple cells that it is made from. Multicellular means it has more than 1 cell in its structure.
  • Photosynthesis – This is the main function for preparing food through chlorophyll. Photo means light and synthesis meaning making, so when plants make their food using sunlight it is called photosynthesis.  Chlorophyll has chloroplasts which is the main part that captures the light and converts it into food.
  • Adaptable –  Plants can tolerate different climatic conditions which makes them adaptable to any environment. If a plant adapt a area for cold then it can survive that for the next year.
  • Reproduction- It is a process in which the plant uses pollination to reproduce the new plant by seeds. In plants male and female organs present and the insect is the one that does help the plant to pollinate. The hybrid plants were also created using a pollination technique where scientists manually drop the pollen into the female hormone to enable the reproduction. 

Final Words

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