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  1. Does anyone else grow this plant? I assume it is the same one from this thread. Does it prefer highland, intermediate, or lowland conditions? How much moisture and humidity does it like? I've been growing the plant for about a year and a half, and while it's grown a significant amount of root mass and the caudex has expanded somewhat, it doesn't seem to want to keep more than two leaves at a time.
  2. What a beautiful specimen--it's like a giant caterpillar! Thanks for the photo.
  3. If it's helpful, this is a lab in Massachusetts, in the United States. Insecticidal soap has been effective against mealybugs in the short term, but I'm not sure it will have many long term effects and it doesn't work against scale.
  4. I'm curious if this sort of analysis has been done on ant plants, as it has for carnivorous plants. Similarly, though it has been shown in myrmecophylic orchids that plants can receive a nitrogen benefit from ant inhabitants, has this benefit been quantified in terms of what fraction of the plant's nitrogen is from ants?
  5. I'm not really sure where to post this, so I apologize in advance if it needs to be moved. I'm working with probably 100 specimens, give or take, of Vachellia drepanolobium, and they have been developing quite poorly, for the most part: only a few, small domatia and slow growth overall. Part of this is almost certainly that they're mostly unfertilized--I'm sure ants are a huge source of nitrogen, and the two that were fertilized did and are doing much better (they flowered once, and have many more, larger domatia). However, they're also quite susceptible to mealybugs, which seem to go wit
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