NANFA-- Re: Milfoil Update

Jeffrey Fullerton (
Fri, 17 Nov 2000 14:58:37 -0500

> Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 10:49:51 EST
> From: "Bruce Stallsmith"
> Subject: Re: NANFA-- Milfoil Update/Wintering Pond Plants
> I'm impressed with your cultural lessons, Jeff. Especially the fact that
> your Cabomba regenerates better from pieces with terminal buds; this makes
> sense, because these buds should contain apical meristems, the concentrated
> areas of permanently embryonic cells that can differentiate into any cells
> and tissues that a plant needs. I look forward to the new AC, even if you've
> learned more since...

This is kind of an interesting paradox being that cabomba is a
predominantly southern plant. Just like the Whorled Milfoil - M.
verticillatum is a northern plant that pretty much shares the range of
M. farwellii but adopts a growth strategy more like the southern

The problem with wintering Cabomba in my climate seems to be that the
meristems are often destroyed because they stay on the ends of the stem
near the water surface. Only the lucky fragments with meristem that
break off and settle to the bottom or stems that lay down to the bottom
With this new approach I hope to improve the odds- which is better than
replacing the plants every spring.


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