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RE: [Aroid-l] Re: blooming all at once

  • Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] Re: blooming all at once
  • From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo@msn.com
  • Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 22:50:52 +0000

From : 	john s smolowe <johnssmolowe@pacbell.net>
Reply-To : Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent : Monday, January 30, 2006 12:31 AM
To : aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
Subject : [Aroid-l] Re: blooming all at once
Dear John and Friends,

I tend to see what John is saying---what Pete had suggested, that the blooming was somehow ingrained into the genes of that one clone so that they all bloomed at once, no matter where in the word they grew, made some sense, but thinking about it, I could 'buy this' for the FIRST blooming, as perhaps as Pete suggested, like in a mammal attaining puberty, and if a mammal were cloned, ALL would attain this at the same time. BUT---what about the second and third blooming, etc.?? Surely their inner 'clock' would and could not signal all these plants spread all over the world and growing under way different conditions to 'wait' 20 or so years AFTER the initial blooming and then, ''wham', all bloom together again??
What a good thing to have this true mystery in an aroid!!
Good Growing,


to me the fact that they are of one clone doesn't address the mystery. how does the plant know? what is the trigger, given that it can't be, say, the 15th spring if plants are blooming at the same time in the northern and southern hemisphere? to me, it's an extreme example of a more common mystery. many plants continue to flower in the spring of their country of origin even when moved to the opposite hemishere.
even when they are grown from seed and even, in many cases, when the seed has been dormant for years. how can a seed keep track of time?


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