Pulling down to correct level

Carol Jensen jorna@mobilixnet.dk
Wed, 13 Jul 2005 01:46:19 PDT
At 04:51 13-07-2005, Jim McKenney wrote:
>The sprout on all bulbs I know sprouts only once. After that, it is replaced
>by another sprout on the same basal plate. That new sprout has its own
>surrounding storage scales, sometimes supplemented by scales surviving from
>the old bulb. But the sprout is always a new one. And as the old sprout
>dies, the axis of annual growth shifts to the axis of the new sprout. And
>around that axis are arrayed the elements which make up the new bulb. 
>From the outside, it looks like the same old bulb. But on the inside, the
>old bulb has disappeared and been replaced by a new one. 
>Jim McKenney

I know lots of people that grow amaryllis indoors and never hibernate them, so that they retain the same leaves for years. If they are cold for a couple of months they also blossom year after year.

In about 10 years, I suppose, all the original leaves would be replaced by new growth, as leaves do grow old in time.


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