Alamo Sunshine no petals on flower

immatater(5)May 20, 2008

I bought a few new types of african violets when they were plantlets. They are now getting to a good size and starting to put out blooms. This one is supposed to be "alamo sunshine" but the flowers have no/very small petals. Is there anything that might correct this or is it something wrong with the genetics of the plant? I am using the same fertilizers that I use for all my other AV's (Peter's Specialties AV).

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irina_co(z5 CO)

I think you have a sport. Hardly any petals - all genitalia.

Runner up to AV Botanika - and variegated!


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    Bookmark   May 20, 2008 at 1:30PM
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I love the variegated leaves. This is the first blooming of this plant. Is there a chance the next blooming could be "normal"?

    Bookmark   May 21, 2008 at 2:08AM
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irina_co(z5 CO)

If it is a sport - not really. Just to check if it is something else - first bloom deviation or else - remove all flowers, leach the pot - and wait for the next flush. Sometimes the first bloom is not typical. But yours is so very atypical...

The variegation is gorgeous. May be you need to try again. Did all your starters bloomed this way? Sometimes out of let's say 5 babies - 1 sports, the rest look like mama. There are varieties that are very hard to start from a leaf - they sport so much. Playful Spectrum - is one of them.

Good luck and keep us posted.


    Bookmark   May 21, 2008 at 1:47PM
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The ones I got were all different types so this is the only one I have of this kind. I will play with it (removing the flowers etc.) and I'm also going to try to start another from one of the leaves and see what happens. No matter what, I still think its a lovely plant ;)

    Bookmark   May 21, 2008 at 3:41PM
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quinnfyre(z7 PA)

It does have lovely variegation... I kinda want one now (ha! I need more violets like I need a hole in my head...) I did have a plant that bloomed at first in a similar way, very tiny petals. As the blooms aged, though, they got bigger, and eventually those blooms looked more normal, and the new blooms came up normal as well. Maybe yours is behaving the same way? Are the flowers very new, or several days old?

    Bookmark   May 21, 2008 at 10:32PM
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Thanks for posting your pic---I honestly have never seen anything like that. I've been a member of GW for years and still love how I learn new things every day! :)

    Bookmark   May 26, 2008 at 5:00PM
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The flowers were about a week old when I took the pic. It was the first time that plant had flowered though.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2008 at 9:49PM
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