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T h i s refrigeration can be compared to duplicating the usual winter rest for plants. V e n u s Flytraps 2j In spring the flytrap sends up its flower stalk which bears several lovely white blooms. (Courtesy Carolina Biological Supply Company) Another way to rest bulbs is simply to reduce their water supply. Allow the bulb to dry. T h e n trim off the top and let it rest in place. Be sure to provide some moisture, since bulbs should not dehydrate completely. T h i s process is a duplicate of summer dormancy in nature when dry weather or droughts would put the plants to rest.

W h a t happened when you thought was: Electrical impulses ran from your brain to the muscle control center of your brain for your hands; the impulses ordered the muscles to close your hands, which they did. T h a t , in perhaps oversimplified terms, is the same principle that applies and occurs when the flytrap snaps shut. A strange plant indeed, with a proven primitive nervous system and capable of generating electrical current. O t h e r researchers are exploring different aspects of this plant's weird habits.

If you are fortunate to find some in your locale, examine the surrounding area closely. Often you can find a scattering of young plants around the parent, much like baby chicks surrounding their mother hen. During the insect-catching season these adult leaves perform their functions well. By fall they are often replaced or intermingled with the so-called winter leaf. It may have a mouth b u t seldom has the fully open hollow pitcher. These leaves look more like wings with a mouth at the end. W h e n cultivated indoors, you'll most likely be successful in maintaining a continuing emergence and growth of the desired hollow summer leaves.

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