Aug 2, 2012

Plant Niche Placement Quiz from Advanced Permaculture Design Course





Design Analysis
Examine the landscape design and plant database below to answer the following questions. Notice in the design that in addition to the two trees numbered “1” and “2” there are 8 plants identified by the letters A – H. Also notice that the site has a range of soil moisture types and various degrees of sunlight and shade. Your task is to determine the environmental requirements for each of the plants labeled A through H in the design, and then based on those requirements, answer the questions below.


Plant A should be plant ID # _______
Plant B should be any of the following ID #s: __________________
What plant type (not ID#) should be used for Plant C? __________________
The only plant that is appropriate for the niche of Plant D has ID# _______.
Describe the light and moisture requirements for Plant E.
If Plant F is a dry soil plant it should have ID# _______.
If Plant G is a deciduous berry shrub it should have ID# _______.
If Plant H is a perennial understory plant that cannot tolerate full sun it should have ID# _______.

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