Strange behaviour - +++ multicrowns, leaves on leaves

stlawrence_river(2b Canada)April 2, 2008


I've been growing AVs for 15 years, and all of a sudden all of them begun acting strangely. They're throwing multiple crowns all over the place and doing other peculiar things sprouting like tiny little leaves (and even tiny little new plants) out of the surfaces of other mature leaves.

I've been clipping and snipping and growing up the babies, but it's starting to get ridiculous.

None of them suffered any damage to precipitate new growth. They're all standards or semi-minis (not trailers), and a mix of named varieties and my own cultivars.

Does anyone know of a reason that they might begin to do this? They aren't infested with insects, and I haven't exposed them to high levels of gamma radiation (a la Spiderman).

If it's something simple, I'd love to know how to fix it - thanks!

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Maybe you should ask the water dept if they are adding anything new to the water just in case?

    Bookmark   April 2, 2008 at 6:25PM
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That is strange behavior! Have you changed fertilizers or anything? It sounds like they are reacting to some sort of stress.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2008 at 5:25PM
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paul_(z5 MI)

Maybe it's time for you to get rid of you depeleted uranium collection.


    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 9:32AM
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korina(9b, Sunset 17)

You also might double-check your pH.

Good luck and let us know what happens.


    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 2:14PM
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stlawrence_river(2b Canada)


Thanks for all the suggestions.

All I can report is that as unexpectedly as it began, the strange growth habit has stopped. After three months, they've gone back to normal. The babies are growing out perfectly normally.

As long as it doesn't recur, I'm contented to put it down to sunspots :)

    Bookmark   August 9, 2008 at 3:23PM
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stlawrence_river(2b Canada)

Found a photo of what the plants were doing.

The arrows are the tiny plantlets sprouting from another leaf.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2008 at 7:20PM
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irina_co(z5 CO)

Wow - this is amazing. Even more amazing that this plant grew out of it!

    Bookmark   August 27, 2008 at 7:44PM
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violetta1976(8 Portland OR)

That's crazy! Thanks for posting a pic, I wouldn't have understood just how bizarre the behavior was otherwise!

I'm going with the gamma radiation theory. How are YOU doing? Did any extra limbs or super powers suddenly suddenly show up?

    Bookmark   August 27, 2008 at 9:26PM
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