BX 192 dormant or?

Ellen Hornig hornig@earthlink.net
Fri, 05 Dec 2008 12:50:43 PST
I love Alberto's observation about immature corms "learning" faster than 
mature ones (see below).  I've been reading about phenotypic plasticity this 
year (the quality that lets an organism of a given genotype alter its 
appearance, physiology, whatever (i.e. phenotype) in response to different 
environmental stresses), and it's absolutely fascinating.  It amounts to 
saying, in laypeople's terms, that yes, indeed, a plant does "learn" (and 
this triggers short-run adaptation).  It's great stuff, and a lot of what we 
observe in our gardens/greenhouses makes sense when we view it as evidence 
of plasticity.  For an introduction to the subject that is somewhat 
accessible, I recommend Massimo Pigliucci, Phenotypic Plasticity: Beyond 
Nature and Nurture (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2001).


Ellen Hornig
Seneca Hill Perennials
3712 County Route 57
Oswego NY 13126 USA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Alberto Castillo" <ezeizabotgard@hotmail.com>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, December 05, 2008 3:38 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] BX 192 dormant or?

Hi Scott:

            Thanks for your interesting comments. A common mistake is to try 
that adult corms change Hemispheres. Inmature corms are a lot more flexible 
and adapt a lot more readily to favorable conditions for growth.


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