plant questions

Susan Schenk sschenk at JSD.CLAREMONT.EDU
Wed Dec 30 14:26:04 EST 1998

Hi. Anything with tendrils is worth trying. If a local garden center has pea or
sweet pea seedlings available, you can get a head start. The house plant called
grape ivy is also a possible  choice. Plants that have twining stems like
morning glories and pole beans are also possible choices. The degree and speed
of thigmotropism can be affected by light conditions and the degree of roughness
of the surface of the support. Some species of  plants always twine in the same
direction, others don't. If you grow your own beans or peas, soak the dry seeds
for 8-24 hours and then plant several in each pot, thinning to one per pot after
they are established. Keep them in good light at comfortable room temperature
and keep them moist but not soggy. You can put a support in the pot and watch
how they grow from the start or grow them for  two or three weeks and then add a
support. Frequently you can see growth around the support beginning within an
hour of contact with the support. Take good notes and photographs. This should
be fun!

Dr. Susan M. Schenk

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