Hygro Pruning/Organic Substrates

Neat bunch of Laterite background today.

> From: kcwong at nii_ncb.gov.sg (K. C. Wong)
> Subject: pruning hygrophila
> What is the best way to prune hygrophila? If I just cut the top off I'd
> be left with an ugly plant 'cos the top part of the plant is the most
> beautiful. Will the top regenerate soon enough?

I assume you mean "Giant" hygro, ie H. corymbosa or H. stricta.
(H. polysperma you can cut anyway you want and it grows back like a weed.)
I cut about 6-8" from the top and plant this elsewhere, leaving the 
bottom still rooted.  Sometimes, two new shoots will emerge from the 
mother plant (and other times, it rots away).  I found when cutting it to 
near the top the whole plant would disintegrate.  My results only; YMMV.

> From: nfrank at parsifal_nando.net (Neil Frank)
> Subject: Re: Key to Plant Picture References (A,An,B1,B2,D, ...)
> The letter codes associated with the plant names found in the Krib (i.e. A,
> An, B1, B2, D, G, Jc, Jm, M, R, S1, S2, V, W, Y) refer to reference books
> which illustrate the particular plant.

My response to this would have been "RTFM".  As Neil points out, the 
legend is right there in the file. :)

Re: Organic Substrates

I once potted plants in plastic :) pots with 1" of gravel on the top, and 
the rest a 50/50 gravel/potting soil mixture.  It very quickly went 
anaerobic and I never had that great a luck with it.  I had slightly 
better results using lateriteish clay instead of potting soil.  One case 
that works very well is when I pot anubias in these and keep the leaves 
emersed.  Then again, Anubias roots will suposedly grow anywhere as long 
as you leave them alone.

Erik D. Olson					olson at phys_washington.edu
Not at home, probably at work (Wo-hoo!)