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Re: Burrowing Rhizomes

Celia Storey asked:

:  Sharon, when you excavated your aunt's bed in Hot Springs and found the
:  two-story rhizomes, did any of the lower ones look like they would perform
:  if reset on the surface? Or were they ruined? Were roots coming out of the
:  upper story, too?
:  Just curious.

The lower ones had not been completely "ruined", in the sense that they were
still solid -- but I doubt that they would have recovered if reset at the
surface.  They had no roots left, but appeared to be providing nourishment to
the  "second-story" rhizomes, which were still small but sporting roots.  I dug
enough to deduce the pattern, and suggested leaving the bed in place another
year to see what would happen.  The next year, they finally bloomed.

Anticipating the next question -- these were not the old diploids, but rather
tetraploids from the 40s & 50s, including CAHOKIA, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PARATROOPER,

Sharon McAllister

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