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Bruce MacDonald on Fast Plant Growth in Mussoorie, India

Mar 13, 2002 07:25 AM
by Daniel Caldwell

In a posting at:
I questioned Brigitte Muehlegger's assertion which

"Regarding the 'cup and saucer incident' however it
should be noted that the area around Simla where this
incident occurred (like other sub-tropical areas in
the wor[l]d), has an extremely fast plant growth. Any
object like a cup and saucer, would indeed been
overgrown already in just a few days."

AFAIK, Muehlegger has not directly answered my
question and has not addressed the information I
provided that Simla was actually in a temperate
climate zone.

On Monday, Bruce MacDonald posted a relevant email on
Theos-L. I have asked Bruce for his permission to
post his comments on this forum. He has kindly given
his consent and his posting appears below:

Mon, 11 Mar 2002 
"Bruce F. MacDonald" <>
Subject: Re: Fast Plant Growth in the Simla area????

I lived in Mussoorie in North India for many years and
it is at about the same elevation as Simla with a
similar climate. It is indeed cold in winter (snow,
frost) has a mild spring, a hot summer and a chilly 
fall. October in Mussoorie is mild, and certainly not
hot. With no heat in the houses we lived in it was
downright cold and it was not uncommon in October to
have a thin layer of ice on puddles in the morning,
although that usually happened in November and later.
Plants did not grow quickly. In the monsoon time,
which was well over by October, there was considerable
growth of ferns, undergrowth, etc. but not fast enough
to account for the cup and saucer affair within a
matter of months. It would take a few years for that
kind of root growth to develop. I know this because we
kids used to do a lot of digging in the hillsides.
I don't know if this kind of anecdotal evidence is any

Peace, Bruce MacD

for more relevant info on this town. Daniel]

Daniel H. Caldwell
"...Contrast alone can enable us to appreciate things at
their right value; and unless a judge compares notes and
hears both sides he can hardly come to a correct decision."
H.P. Blavatsky. The Theosophist, July, 1881, p. 218.

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