In a message dated 10/20/2006 12:14:56 PM US Mountain
Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
I don’t understand the growth problems with WR. I haven't seen any, and Margie and I
have similar climates.
Similar climate but not quite the same. During the Summer Monsoon
Season - (I living 100 miles south of Phoenix and just off the foothills of
the mountains) this area tends to have higher humidity and more rain than
the Phoenix area. It also becomes colder in the winter - as
low as 19 degrees (more often down to 22-25 or so each year) which
much of the Phoenix area doesn't usually experience).
I have few that die from year to year, but when they are well cared
for and still die as WR did - I believe it has more to do with it's
genetics (particularly it's growth capabilities in relation to the
tolerance range it can survive under in wide and varying weather
conditions). WR died a slow (over 2 years) death.
Let me also propose this (at the risk of sounding like I'm losing my
marbles) Sometimes (I'm beginning to question what if or think) that
rhizomes can arrive at your home or become ill. We know about
soft rot, bacterial rot, and other certain death caused by fertilizers; too
much nitrogen or rain; animals or insects. But what if these rhizomes
can "catch a cold" so to speak, or a "flu bug" that is able
to weaken their overall health. Then possibly once in this
weakened conditioned they can either recover and once again become healthy and
grow well, or slowly die. (They die no matter all the care, fertilizer, or new
growing medium you give them). Conditions that may cause them to
become ill could be (lets just speculate here) air borne mold spores that finds
it way in through an injury, or an "infection" due to something
hostile in the water, or an illness due to a sharp injury while
being dug /or thrown hard against the ground/or stepped on, etc.
Then let's take it a step further. Lets' say while these rhizomes are
in this weakened state due to an "infection / illness" and is dug up during
that time /and the increases are separated up and shipped out - will these
rhizomes then only be able to perform only as well as it's currents' mother
health permits (no matter what great conditions now exist around them) and
therefore not able to live up to it's full DNA potential?? Yet at the
same time - due to their "new found location" either become once again
healthy/well or possibly continue to slowly die because the illness has
overpowered those particular rhizomes?
Another question - - If an injury is serious enough can it cause a slight
difference in the DNA?