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Re: HYB: Proliferations

From: "Mike Sutton" <suttons@lightspeed.net>

My proliferation's have always occurred in a first year seed bed.  Maybe we
are on to something.  All mine have occurred on rebloom stalks that have
clumped up.  Does that match anybody else?  There have been times when we
were short of help that the bloom stalks were removed during the fall
digging.  It doesn't seem to promote proliferation.
-----Original Message-----

>From: Sharon McAllister <73372.1745@compuserve.com>
>I don't know about the effect on the gene pool itself, but our cultural
>practice of prompting removing bloom stalks certainly prevents expression
>of the trait.  The ones I reported earlier appeared in an experimental seed
>bed.  A few of the first-to-germinate were already blooming while
>second-year germination was continuing.  Not wanting to risk exposing the
>babies to full sun, instead of removing the shade cloth to accommodate the
>stalks we raised it over the entire bed.  Then because of their relative
>inaccessibility, the stalks in that bed escaped cutting in the usual
>garden-cleanup -- and some formed proliferations.

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