Sporting of a plant
Hi Linda and Jessica,
I am reposting this from another thread, it was a reply from Linda to Jessica.
"In my years of growing, leaves do not usually sport. The leaf will be true to the variety from whence it came. It is the plant that sports. Again, this is my experience, (forty years worth!) and you can never predict what plants will do!
This reply is intriguing! My (Joanne's) question/comment is, how is the leaf different from the "plant?" African Violets only have leaves and roots, they don't have stems. So what constitutes the "plant" if there is no trunk, but basically a collection of leaves?
Irina has suggested that if a plant has two colors of blooms, and you want to propagate just one color, then take the leaf closest to the bloom you want. Also, she has said to take the oldest leaves from the bottom of the plant to try to get the original bloom color and type. So I took that to mean that the leaf and the bloom closest to it are genetically connected, and the leaf is the mama of that bloom.
Thanks in advance for the botany lesson.