Seedling ID?

mnspry(9 Kemah, Texas)June 12, 2014

I currently have 10 adenium seedlings growing. One of the seedlings is growing lighter than the rest. The leaves are almost white and the base is pinkish. I bought a pack of misc. adenium seeds so I have no idea what kind of adeniums are growing (I like being surprised).
Has anyone seen seedlings grow this color? Could there be something wrong?

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Are the leaves white?

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 11:52PM
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Are the leaves white?

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 12:33AM
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mnspry(9 Kemah, Texas)

Almost. There's just a hint of yellow/green.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 8:37AM
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Question 1. As far as I know, you can not tell what adenium you have until it is an adult or until it blooms. Even then, I am not sure how positive you can be with identification when you consider that adenium sellers name their cultivars almost with random words strung together like Red Popcorn Festival or what-what.

Adenium growers usually isolate blooming plants and hand-pollinate them in the hopes of reproducing the characteristics they want. There is no statistics available to determine the success rate. I read in this forum that you only have about 20 percent chance of seed-grown plants blooming as advertised and that already assumes that the seller went through the trouble of hand-pollination in a clean room.

If you want a specific kind of adenium, you are better off buying a grafted plant that has been proven to bloom in whatever way.

Question 2. I believe you have an albino seedling. They are rather weak and would most likely die. If any of the more experienced growers here have successfully grown these seedlings, I have not read about it.

I hope this helps.


    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 9:45AM
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I agree with Pagan,
I also think that the white seedling is an albino. That means that the seedling has no green color and that it will die.

I have some A. arabicum seedlings sown this spring. Two of them look like your white one, and the leaves are now beginning to wilt, they go brown ...

But of course you must keep it and see what happens.

Britta ( in Norway )

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 11:06AM
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mnspry(9 Kemah, Texas)

Thank you for all the info.
I have never heard of an albino plant before. That is a first for me.
I will keep my eye on it and see what happens.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 7:19PM
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