marricgardensOctober 28, 2008

I have a pink flowering av that has been identified as one of the Optimara Tradition violets, it has variegated foliage-creamy white, pink and dark green patches. My question is: When I started the first one from a leaf it stayed true to the parent however the second one turned out to have only the creamy white leaves. Is that some kind of reversion? It survived for a while but then died. I think I may have overwatered it. Marg

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irina_co(z5 CO)

Marg -

sometimes variegated leaves give us white babies. They cannot survive on thie own ever - they cannot feed themselves. While they are attached to the mama leaf we try to green them up with extra nitrogen fertilizer. Sometimes it works and they send new greener leaves, sometimes not and they die.

When you want to start a new variegated plant - try to select the leaf with the most green in it. The more green - the stronger you will get the babies.

Good luck and thank you for sharing your experience.


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irina: thanks for the advice. I've got 2 started now and they both have the variation on the leaves. Marg

    Bookmark   October 28, 2008 at 7:10PM
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