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,