Lunar correlation with bloom cycles, was Saffron Harvest

Christian Lachaud
Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:37:45 PDT
Dear Robert,

I observed blooming synchronization with other types of night blooming
cactuses (Echinopsis - their flower dies in the morning), but I did not
find the flush to be correlated with the lunar cycle.
It was logical to me that plants having such a ephemerous bloom find a way
to synchronize, or they may never crossbreed.

I had almost 60 of them, and because they were in pots, I made the
experience to have half of them in front of the house and the other half at
the back of the house in the garden, hypothesizing that if synchronization
was of chemical nature, the two groups will not be synchronized together,
although individuals within each group would bloom synchronized.
Instead, the two groups were recurrently synchronized.

For C. sativus, it is more mysterious.
I have other fall blooming crocuses and they also prefer blooming around
new or full moons.
Because these flowers will not be pollinized at night, and because the new
moon does not make them more visible at night, the nature of
synchronization remains mysterious.

I would really like to get to know more about this phenomenon - chemical
communication between plants being already documented.


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