Getting 'amaryllis' to bloom - or old wives tales

Leo Martin
Sun, 22 Nov 2015 19:29:31 PST
Dell wrote

> A deranged gardener told me,
> once, that if you strike the trunks
> of fruit trees with a club, they will
> feel threatened and produce more
> blossoms ? and presumably, more
> fruit. I tried this on my worsleya,
> and it didn?t work.

This is an extremely old superstition, involving calling on the spirit of
the tree. You can read about it in The Golden Bough by JG Frazer, an
anthropologist of a century ago. This is a still-wonderful book I give to
friend's children when they graduate from high school.

Leo Martin
Zone ?
Phoenix Arizona USA

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