super wandering jew

D.G. Bullock dbullock at uiuc.edu
Tue Oct 18 08:37:32 EST 1994


In article <Cxu440.Mny at cunews.carleton.ca> ug940078 at omega.scs.carleton.ca (Sean Ebert) writes:
>From: ug940078 at omega.scs.carleton.ca (Sean Ebert)
>Subject: super wandering jew
>Date: Mon, 17 Oct 1994 20:40:48 GMT

>Here's an odd question about "super-charging" a wandering jew:

>A few days ago, I asked a question about why my wandering jew was growing 
>roots at its nodes.  I was told that this is perfectly normal; in fact, 
>beneficial to the plant, in that the new roots allow the plant to absorb 
>more water and nutrients, and thus to develop a healthier plant.

>With this new-found knowledge, I started to think:
>"hmm.. if the idea of the extra roots is to increase the 'absorbing 
>power' of the plant, why wouldn't it be possible to get smaller pots 
>filled with soil, and place every node in each of the pots.  This would 
>then make roots grow at every node (assuming you have enough little 
>pots), and the plant would be 'multiple-rooted' over many pots!!  HA!"

>So, we've got something like this:


>                     main plant
>    stems                      \         +---- nodes
>         \                __---_ _---__  V
>          __---_ _----_ _/   ___|___   \_ _----_ _---__
>              __|__  __|__   \     /   __|__  __|__
>              \   /  \   /    \   /    \   /  \   /
>               \_/    \_/      \_/      \_/    \_/

>                ^      ^        ^        ^      ^
>                |      |    main pot     |      |
>                |      |                 |      |
>                +------+----sub-pots-----+------+


>Pardon the crude ASCII, but it gets the point across.  Of course, this 
>plant will look like the stupidest living thing that ever existed.. but.. 
>hmm...

>Would this actually work?!!



>-----------------------------------------------
> Sean Ebert : <ug940078 at omega.scs.carleton.ca>
> Computer Science, Carleton University
> Ottawa, Ontario
>-----------------------------------------------

sure it would work. It would also look a bit silly as you say, but it would 
work.  



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