Judy Glattstein jglatt@ptd.net
Thu, 07 Jul 2005 06:47:07 PDT
I have two Arisaema fargesii flowering with their "backs" turned to the 
path they are near. Arisaema respond well to digging while in flower, so 
I could lift, turn 180 degrees, and pop them back into the same 
location. Or, I could try moving them across the path.

This is something that has occasionally intrigued me: do arisaema 
present the same orientation from year to year? In other words, if I 
spin them 180 degrees will they flower as I wish next year, or will they 
stubbornly refuse to display their funny faces. What determines why 
their flowers face the way that they do? With tulips I know that the 
first leaf appears on the stem on the flatter side of the bulb. But that 
has nothing to do with the flower.

Any observations, comments, suggestions?

Judy in summertime New Jersey. Gray and rainy today, which means it may 
not reach steam bath conditions as it often does when the sun shines.

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