A stimulating effect on the plant’s growth

Discussion in 'Plants: Science and Cultivation' started by syazwan, Feb 22, 2004.

  1. syazwan

    syazwan Member

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    In general,it seems trimming a plant will have a stimulating effect on the plant’s growth.Why is it so?Will eating of the plant parts by bugs,worms,cattles,etc create the same effect?
  2. Douglas Justice

    Douglas Justice Active Member UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society 10 Years

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    Vancouver, Canada
    "Trimming" a plant involves removing apical meristems. Apical meristems produce hormones that suppress the growth of nearby meristems, so removal of the meristem by any means--animal feeding, pruning, storm damage, etc.--reduces the downstream effects of the hormones. The phenomenon (i.e., lateral growth suppression) is known as apical dominance.
  3. Elmore

    Elmore Active Member 10 Years

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    North Alabama USA
    Sensitive to stimulation

    I hear that Prozac is now in our water table. I think Viagra, Cialis and Levitra must now be in our water supply as evidenced by this photo of a Ginkgo biloba 'Mayfield' that I chip budded in June 2004 from dormant scion wood. This photo was made 8-17-04 but the graft has been growing like Pinocchio's nose from just a few weeks of grafting in June. The plants in the photo, adjacent to this anomaly, are also Ginkgo biloba 'Mayfield' budded at the same time. They show a more typical growth pattern. Most chip budded Ginkgoes that I am familiar with put out only a simple set of leaves in the first season of growth. It may be the water or what's in the water. Go figure. I need a drink.

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