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Re: rebloom

Hi Jim,
         One thing I can say about this statement is that the division does
have the potential to bloom again. Each of the leaf axil buds contains a
floral meristem at its center, and these can bloom at the same time or
later. Thus one division can put up numerous scapes. I have seen this only a
few times, and I think in each case the extra scapes were much smaller and
bloomed at the same time or shortly after the main scape. I think Ran
mentioned this in an earlier post, and I think there was a picture in the
Journal a few years ago of a division doing this. While so far this has been
a one-time-only event, who can say that a seedling can't come along that has
a stronger tendency to do this every year? Ran has a breeding line in which
fasciated scapes have become the norm, so if a line of plants come from that
then twenty years from now people will look back on the days when everybody
thought that was impossible.

..........Bill Meyer

> Rebloomers:
> Seems to me that since a division of a hosta plant is composed of its
> own roots, a portion of rhizome tissue (attached or not)  and a shoot
> which grew from a bud and the shoot is  made up of a meristem and
> surrounding leaves with their petioles, that when the meristem changes
> from a vegetative meristem to a floral meristem and blooms, that is all
> that happens. It happens only once in the existence of the division.No
> buds are involved at this point in the growth and development of the
> division. The division has bloomed and it will not bloom again. It is
> not a rebloomer, IMO. Please tell me where I am wrong.
> Jim Hawes
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