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Re: Hormones

Professor Jimbo....
                         I hate to bring up that same old story, but I will i.e. the late Bob Savory, whom was fooling around with vitamins and as a result, the very rapid growing Golden Tiara came about.  Once again, I'd surely like to say, that it might be interesting indeed, if we could read the notes which Mr. Savory may have written down somewhere, related to his vitamin uses eh?
                         OK...I agree with you...Wizard of Awe's, re: hormones cannot be used to speed up hosta growth, so let's look at the hypothetical ideal growing conditions for hostas indoors.  
GROWING MEDIUM: course vermiculite, only because it holds five times it's weight in water, provides good drainage and great root development.  Plus it's cheap to buy, of course.
LIGHT:  continuous flourescent lighting, providing about 1000 foot candles.  Mirrorized foil around all sides of growing chambers.
HUMIDITY: 100 percent, since all plants are incubated inside clear plastic domes.
FERTILIZER: FISH FORMULAS because they are non burning to roots & leaf sprayings.
                          In addition to the above, experimenting with hydroponic-like treatment of hosta-seedlings & young plants coming out of TC, has shown that these potted hostas can sit in water over extended periods, almost indefinately; and this, provides quite a fast rate of growth opposed to top watering.
                          Can't think of another thing to say, regarding the provision of optimal growing conditions for hostas indoors, so 
and thanks for your help with hormones.

novice Billy
--- in response to----                         
At 07:08 PM 2/2/99 -0500, Prof Jimbo wrote:
>This is just a small part of a conversation I have been having with a
>guy in Canada about Indolebutyric Acid, Naphthaleneacetic Acid,
>Indoleacetic Acid, and a few other synthetic hormones and their effect
>on plants. I'm a litle late in copying you but  I thought some might be
>interested even at this point.
>Jim Hawes wrote:
>> Bill,
>> You asked if there was anything that one can put on roots to make them
>> grow. IMO, no. Let me explain how I understand how things work. In
>> nature, there is always "response to the environment" to consider. One
>> of these responses is a "balance" in growth between shoot and root.
>> Under good light conditions  (as well as other good conditions) growth
>> of shoot is maximized. As more food (carbohydrates) are manufactured and
>> moved to roots, then root growth is maximized (if all major
>> environmental factors in the soil are optimum). These include good level
>> and balance of nutrients in the soil, optimum moisture availability,
>> good drainage...meaning good pore space for good balance of air and
>> water, and a good balance and percentage of organic matter in process of
>> decomposition. The root growth keeps up with shoot growth and balance is
>> maintained. Roots provide water and nutrients to the shoot and shoot
>> growth increases. Then more food is transferred to the root and
>> everything keeps growing better and better with everything coming into
>> balance. ...a symbiotic relationship between shoot and root exists.
>> Are hormones involved? Yes. Auxins work in above-ground  tissues and
>> organs to maintain apical dominance and prevents excessive  side growth
>> on plants. Cytokinins produced in roots move upward and maintain the
>> balance of cytokinins and auxins in various tissues and organs. Other
>> hormones such as ethylene gas, gibberillins and abscissic acid serve
>> their functions in respiration, cell division and dormancy respectively
>> but they are not nearly as important as auxins and cytokinins in the
>> processes we consider to be " growth".
>> I know of nothing that one can add to make this process better or to
>> make roots grow faster and better.
>> Now I know that you are aware of all of this. I am just repeating it to
>> you to remind you of how plants grow in a balanced way.
>> Professor Jimbo
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