Is there a back issue of the AVSA magazine that explains sports? Is it something I should write them and request they do an article about?
I know a sport is a plant that grows different than the named variety. I have two little optimara I rescued from walmart, one was purple after a couple of bloom turns it sends up a stalk with purple and white stripes (not uniform stripes but every petal has some varring white stripe and other stalks are purple. Is there a chance this plant is going to keep blooming like this with two kinds of bloom? If it is sporting, what does that mean will happen to the plant, will it become a sport? I was told to take the bloomstalk with the stripes and try and root it and the plant should be striped like that..right now it has no leaves so I don't think it will root right? I'm waiting for leaves to form and enjoying the pretty bloom as long as I can.
Then there is the other resuce that has purple stalks and also pink stalks. I'd like it to keep blooming that way, but will it go one way or the other? It's too cute to stay the way it is...thats murphys law.
So is the first plant a sport, is it sporting and if it changes to the stripes will it be a sport? If I get the bloom stem to grow and get the stripes, will it be a sport of the parent?
If you have leaves from a known sport, can you take leaves from it and grow the same sport or will leaves be the former plant color?
Can you do something that will make a plant sport, this purple stripe was near a white opt, but only seeds would pollinate, that wouldn't effect the bloom right?
The more I think about it, the more confused I get. I have other questions, but they just arent' coming to mind right now. Any help for me?