basal disk and veltheimia
Sun, 14 Nov 2004 10:59:05 PST
Could this rerooting of the leaf bases be because velthemia is one of the bulbs that can be propagated by leaf cuttings, as distinct from bulb cutting? Several bulbs that have strong mid ribs, such as lachenalia and galanthus, can be propagated in this way, but I would expect each "leaf" to eventually produce a new bulb, or bulbs, rather than the whole original bulb being reformed into one.

Brian Whyer, zone 8'ish, Buckinghamshire, England

> Contrary to all teachings I heave heard regarding bulbs and basal
> plates.... I did exactly the same thing a little while back and took a
> chance and planted the broken "top" of the bulb it back into a pot.  After
> noting that the leaves all stayed green and happy after 6 weeks I removed
> the bulb from the pot and found roots emerging from between scales in 2
> places on the base of the bulb.  I can guarantee that all the basal plate
> was removed (incidentally, if you plant the basal plate you should
> definitely get growth from it) so I would have thought this was
> impossible.... but it has happened.

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