Duckweed Not Only Survives, but Thrives Harsh Conditions
“It’s alive and kicking after being buried for 15 months under a mulch pile,” he said with a grin. The picture shows one of three containers that Ken seeded from his unearthed minute specimens and all are reported to be growing madly.
What does that say about duckweed’s ability to adapt to not only darkness, but to wide temperature and moisture ranges? My theory is that much of the original duckweed died in the darkness but bacteria rendered it into usable nutrients, including sugars for the surviving duckweed to absorb in the dark. Mulch pile temperatures might have swung from 35- 90 degrees. As far as moisture goes, we know that duckweed can survive on mud on the edge of a stream or pond, so am thinking that Ken’s mulch pile never had a chance to dry out completely but probably came close a few times. All in all, this is quite a feat for the smallest flowering plant on the world.