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Re: Re: Dwarf Lobelias (NOT cardinalis)


Thank you very much for the helpful link! All the information you provided 
was confirmed on the back of the seed packet (which I didn't have on hand 
when I wrote the original message). IF I can manage to germinate these 
seeds, I will indeed carry out my little experiment. I'm even considering 
uprooting some attractive weeds from my mother-in-law's backyard to see if 
I can transition them for submersed growth... Should be interesting, at least.

I was doing some more research on lobelias, and it seems that the flowers 
and leaves can be quite deadly to humans if consumed. I wonder if maybe the 
toxins cease to be produced if grown submersed, or maybe fish and aquatic 
invertebrates are simply unaffected?

Thanks again. If I have any luck (which seems unlikely), I will certainly 
come back with results.


>From: "James Purchase" <jppurchase at Home_com>
>Subject: Re: Dwarf Lobelias (NOT cardinalis)
>Regarding the Lobelia you bought at the drugstore, check the following URL:
>The plant is Lobelia erinusm its an annual and I've never heard of anyone
>trying to grow it underwater, but don't let that stop you from at least
>_trying_. Follow the sowing instructions given in the above link and then,
>after the seedlings have gotten a good start, try to keep the soil wetter
>and wetter (a little bit at a time to allow the plant to adjust) and then
>start actually submerging the plant (again, a little bit at a time). The
>worst thing that could happen is that you end up drowning a few plants.
>Be sure to save a few seedlings and plant them in a hanging basket - if you
>have a cool room with a sunny window you'll end up with color all winter,
>its got really pretty flowers.
>Good luck,
>James Purchase