Romanzoffia tracyi - salt needed?

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  1. Margot

    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Romanzoffia tracyi
    Plants having well-developed tubers at the roots, and propagating by these tubers; a compact plant with flowers scarcely above the leaves, natural habitat on rocks along the coast where wetted by sea spray in winter.
    Mistmaidens (Romanzoffia)


    I have about a dozen Romanzoffia tracyi that germinated this spring. Now I wonder how to grow them successfully in an area that is not within the sea-spray zone on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

    I’d like to know --
    1. whether salt is necessary for R. tracyi to survive and
    2. if it is, how could I provide it?

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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    The salt is most likely important for keeping competing plants at bay; as Junglekeeper says, it tolerates salt rather than requires it. In the absence of salt, it'll soon be out-competed by other plants.
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    If you choose to carry out an experiment, you'll need three test groups: Misted with rain water; misted with ocean water; unmisted as control.
     
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