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  Ghost Speculation
From: ted.held at us.henkel.com on 2005.06.13 at 16:02:51(13007)
Please allow a non-botanist to speculate on the "ghost" mystery.

If a plant is able to survive one or two seasons as a ghost by utilizing stored energy from bulbs or the seed package, does that not mean that starchy matter is dissolved by enzymes and such and drawn up into the plant in the form of sap? Assuming that is true, does it not follow that the same or similar materials could be absorbed by the bulb or roots (or foliar application, for that matter) from the soil mix? In other words, would it be possible to actually "feed" a plant like you would a cat or bird?

I know this sounds crazy. But parasitic plants tap into solubles from hosts all the time. And such a phenomenon might explain the facts as they have been presented, especially by Mr. Tyerman. And if it is true, what sorts of "food" might work?

I'd appreciate learned comment, even if it is derisive laughter.

Ted Held

From: "Denis Rotolante" denis at skg.com> on 2005.06.16 at 15:18:39(13015)
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works that way for Orchid seeds and seedlings which are grown on sterile
nutrient media containing fertilizer and sugars necessary for germination and
growth as they have no endosperm to feed on. However, if you try feeding potted
plants sugar solution in an unsterile environment you will more likely grow more
ants and bacteria and mold than albino plants. Your "Ghost plants" will soon
give up the Ghost and go to the big rainforest in the sky.


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