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Old 07-07-2013, 07:00 PM   #106 (permalink)
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Default Re: Water suckers

Originally Posted by Gabe15 View Post
Roots never form suckers, they only come from the corm.

As Tog pointed out, water suckers form from bits of corm and from chopped down plants because the shoots need to immediately start photosynthesizing themselves instead of acquiring photosynthate from the rest of the plant which has leaves. Water suckers can also form from old established mats, I suppose they occur from a complex coincidence of certain anatomical and environmental circumstances (such as how old the corm section its coming off of is, or how exposed to the sun it is etc..)

Keep in mind that whether or not a sucker is sword or water, they are genetically identical and one is not going to be overall better than another, there just may be some growth differences initially when young. Some studies have found differences in the first fruit bunch, and some have found none, I think it really depends on cultivar and environment, as do most results of this sort. TC plants are the ultimate water suckers, and they grow up just fine, in some cases outgrowing field separated suckers initially, but again, after the first generation is doesn't matter how they plant was propagated.
Originally Posted by Richard View Post
Water suckers and sword suckers: after transplanting into a 5+ gallon pots and feeding them through irrigation for 3 months ... mine are indistiguishable. I am using 100ppm nitrogen, 25ppm phosphate, and 150ppm potash.
After reading this post again, there are two posts that everyone needs to keep in mind. Others are realy good but I felt these two sum it up pretty well!

Gabes and Richards offer some excellent knowledge and these two should be given credibility and pulled up from where they were buried on page two.

Others are really good but I felt these two sum it up pretty well!
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