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Re: new flower scapes are there!


As I cannot imaging that nobody finds this interesting I sending it 
again

Last year I reported finding a flowerscape in a bud of Elegans in 
december. I just did cut up a bud of elegans after first removing the 
leaves+ petioles from the bud  I did take a non flowering/podbearing 
shoot. First here was besides the main thick  3cm long bud a 
small 1cm bud Cutting in half the fat bud I found the flowerstalk 
meristem already developing! It has a size of 2 x 1 mm  ( you need 
a microscope to see it!) It  was surrounded by thin greenish-white 
leaves The bud scales made up 90 % of the bud so everything is 
very well protected.  If the scapes are already there you can next 
spring fertilize every day, but only those scapes allready formed 
this summer will develop into flowers next year! 
Yet I suppose only a few of the scapes get a full development next 
year  , but by transplanting or cutting up you might induce flowers 
in shoots were the young scape has not started to develop yet.
Ben J.M.Zonneveld
Clusius lab pobox 9505
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands
mintemp-16C(5F)
Zonneveld@RULbim.LeidenUniv.NL
Fax: 31-71-5274999
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