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Before yesterday’s hard freeze, I moved my two “test bulbs” indoors and they have responded like crazy! The bulb that was being forced has grown to about 10 inches high and is starting to sprout a BLOOM! This is awesome! Here’s a photo:

The other one that was planted in the rich organic potting soil is also starting a blossom but is not growing as fast:

My hunch is that the bulb in the organic potting soil will probably do better in the long term growth and thrive better as time goes on, but for now, the “forced bulb” growing in the pure lavasand definitely has the lead in the growing process.
One thing that we all have to remember is that the “rate of growth” in any plant does not necessarily reflect the plants’ overall heath and ability to combat variables in its’ growing environment. ;-)

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Congratultions you must be so thrilled:)

9 Dec, 2009


Well done, N2. They both look healthy at the moment but, as you say, time will tell. I hope you keep ther experiment going for a while yet.

9 Dec, 2009


You must be well pleased with the results.....its been an interesting exercise. Thank you...

9 Dec, 2009


Well done they look so healthy

9 Dec, 2009


Its amazing the results are very obvious well done. Now its indoors dont knock it over lol.
Got me thinking though, if you did this in humans their long term growth and immune system may be compromised, I wonder if this could be true in plants?

9 Dec, 2009


stressed plants may well flower sooner in a bid to set seed before they die . hope this is not the case here. also for it to be a good investigation you have to repeat many times. How long have you got? :o))))))

9 Dec, 2009


Very good point Seaburngirl!
A "stressed condition" in a plant will often trigger an over-production of the species' need to propagate and reproduce. In trees, they will send more sugars into the upper foliage to combat a "stressed condition" and that attracts native predators such as boring beetles, woodpeckers, web-worms, or others that can sense the elevated sugar levels in the host plant and take advantage of that for themselves. Isn't nature somewhat ruthless at times?
It is fascinating to watch and observe!

10 Dec, 2009

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