Variability in harlequin Phals?
When you see a picture of a particular harlequin Phal for sale, to what extent can you expect flowers on your plant to look like the picture?
I bought a harlequin Phal clone from a trusted grower. In the picture, the pattern was complex and symmetrical, and the two flowers in the photo looked very similar.
Examples of other harlequins with similar, symmetrical patterns on the same inflorescence:
Phal Green Field Red Zuul 'Harlequin Queen'
Yesterday, the first flower opened, and it looks nothing like the picture. I never would have bought this plant.
The grower advised me to wait and see what the other buds do and also wait for another blooming. They said that all harlequins started from mutations. Depending upon the hybrid, flowers on a single plant can change their coloration, color disbursement, and blotching from blooming to blooming and even from flower to flower on the same inflorescence, usually depending upon temperature as the bud develops.
They added that usually, cold temperatures increase the color saturation. During hot summers outside, white harlequins that have 50% of the flower covered in big dark burgundy blotches can bloom out solid white.
Except for Dtps (now Phal) Ever Spring Prince 'Pretty Cat,' this is my first harlequin. I got the Pretty Cat because the coloring *does* vary a lot from flower to flower.
When you buy a harlequin, is it pretty much pot luck?
This post was edited by whitecat8 on Mon, Jul 15, 13 at 17:15