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Old 09-29-2010, 11:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can this possibly be a bloom coming out of the ground like that? I found this while clearing out the beds for winter at the base of the Bronze Laterita.




Top of the nearby mature Laterita
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Yep, that's flowering alright. I've never seen that happen with this species before (it happens with Musella lasiocarpa), neat!
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VERY COOL Deb!!! :-D ~Cheryl
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Wish it was beginning of summer to let it play out!
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Deb, that is really awesome!
That plant got right down to business.
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Deb thats so cool, I've never seen that before. I wonder if it's like when some bananas get stuck and the new growth pops out the side of the p-stem and something like this may have happened underground?
Very cool in any case..... it would be pretty easy to build a small plastic tent over for protection or even a double layered tent it if you think there's enough time to see what may happen...
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Deb, I'm not sure what causes this but mine did it once when I had it in the ground and once since I've been growing it in a pot. Yours is a pup from mine but I doubt it's exclusive to this particular plant and its offspring. I would assume all M. lateritas may do this from time to time. I think mine did it one spring as new growth was starting up again. Anyhow, pretty cool, huh?
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Deb thats so cool, I've never seen that before. I wonder if it's like when some bananas get stuck and the new growth pops out the side of the p-stem and something like this may have happened underground?
Very cool in any case..... it would be pretty easy to build a small plastic tent over for protection or even a double layered tent it if you think there's enough time to see what may happen...
Tomorrow I'll dig it up carefully and see how it's connected ... I'm dying to see under the dirt! I've been watching this little red thing for awhile now trying to figure it out.
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Deb, I'm not sure what causes this but mine did it once when I had it in the ground and once since I've been growing it in a pot. Yours is a pup from mine but I doubt it's exclusive to this particular plant and its offspring. I would assume all M. lateritas may do this from time to time. I think mine did it one spring as new growth was starting up again. Anyhow, pretty cool, huh?
YES it's way cool!!! I was going to pm you about it if you hadn't seen this thread since it was from your lateritas!
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That really is spectacular, Deb!






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Congrats Deb!! Can't wait to see more pics.
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Congrats Deb!! Can't wait to see more pics.
I wasn't able to get outside and dig around with it today. In process of moving a daughter and grandbaby in with us....
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Okay Deb, fess up. You just cut that off and stuck it in the ground, right?

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There's a lot of that going around lately
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Deb, I'm not sure what causes this but mine did it once when I had it in the ground and once since I've been growing it in a pot. Yours is a pup from mine but I doubt it's exclusive to this particular plant and its offspring. I would assume all M. lateritas may do this from time to time. I think mine did it one spring as new growth was starting up again. Anyhow, pretty cool, huh?
I have never seen that happen before, and its definitely not a normal trait of the species. Especially since you know have indicated it has happened before with this same plant, I would actually think it is specific to your clone.
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When bananas do that do they still fruit?
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Just got out there this morning and looks like the cold nights took it's toll. The bloom is looking shriveled but we put it in a pot to bring in the house and left it connected to a couple pups. I'm sure the bloom would have died anyway but what's another pot of lateritas in the house? haha
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Good that you're bringing it in Deb, I wouldnt give up till the bitter end. It's just too cool
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