Long time lurker first time poster here. All the lower blossoms on my Rob's Loose Noodle are white, but the first flower on each stalk is bicolor and true to variety. I don't think it's sporting. What's going on here?
it IS sporting. Some plants are variable - the blossom color depends on the season - "Beachcomber" is one of them - from practically white to practically blue and everything in-between - so it is a feature, but it is rare when a hybridizer registers it as variable. Usually we expect the plants to be more or less stable.
You observe your plant- and if you see the bloomstalk that has true flowers - take the leaf under it and root it. There is a chance the babies will come up true. Otherwise - enjoy it as is.
I had Rob's Flim Flam - that should have pink eye - and it was practically all white with just a touch of pink every so often - so it was a sport- but it was still a lovely plant with dark shiny leaves.
Even with true and mutant flowers on the same stalk, the plant would still be considered sporting? Thanks.
If all flowers are matching the variety - it is good. If not all - the plant on the show will be penalized.
They are early signs of sporting - some of the flowers are blooming solid - and "birthmarks" on the leaves - part of the leaf is darker or lighter than it should be. It means - soon your plant will go into sport - and if you want to grow named true blooming plants only- this one should become a gift to your non-violet friends.
cannot stop myself from cracking a corny joke -
just a bit of sporting is sporting - you cannot be slightly pregnant - it is either Yes or No.
Bad, bad Irina
LOL that joke just made my day. The flowers are lovely, true or not.
Insightful and interesting blog article by Dr. Rob regarding variety variation...
Here is a link that might be useful: Different Can Be Good - Dr. Ralph Robinson