Carol Jensen jorna@mobilixnet.dk
Thu, 07 Jul 2005 12:03:03 PDT
At 15:47 07-07-2005, Judy Glattstein wrote:
>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.

Well, I would guess they are turning toward the sun, even though something might be in the way. Plants always know where the sun is!


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