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Howard Miles of Mississippi State University is intently concerned with chemical research. His team of scientists is analyzing various plants for anti-tumor activity. S o m e plants, including the pitcher plant, indicate promising activity, he reports. Betulinol and lupeol have 48 Cultivating Carnivorous Plants The red, velvety flowers of the purple pitcher tower over the plant. been identified as having such capacity. Pursuing these findings, Dr. Miles and his associates, including Naresh M o d y , Rodger Henson, and Paul H e d i n , steam-distilled nearly 2 0 0 pounds of the S.

Personally, I subscribe to the microclimate thinking. B u t then, perhaps the force of the meteorites had something basic to do with bringing up deep subsoil or even mutating plants that existed when the balls of fire struck the earth. W h a t e v e r explanation you prefer, the fact remains: V e n u s flytraps are found naturally nowhere else on earth. However, arguments that they cannot be naturalized elsewhere aren't exactly true. T h e y can be and have been in a few cases. For example, botanists and amateur horticulturists have succeeded in starting beds in South Jersey's pine barrens, around some bogs in W i s c o n s i n , and also near the glades of Florida.

Bulbs that have been preserved in cold storage have, in effect, been thrown into an artificial dormancy. W h e n removed and planted they seem to sprout more quickly. Unless of course, they have been kept longer than a year or frozen in the process. N o r m a l storage temperature is 36° to 4 0 F. Bulbs should not be frozen, since that can break down their cell structure. 0 T h e larger bulbs, when available, may have side bulbs attached. T h a t ' s one other method of reproduction. As the plants grow over the years the bulbs expand.

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