variegated seedling

bromadams(10b)October 12, 2008

Variegated N. compacta hybrid seedling. The only one in the grex of 100.

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kerry_t_australia(9)

It looks kinda 50/50, half green and half white. Hope it keeps that up - good luck!

K

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 3:31AM
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bromadams(10b)

I've never seen a picture of a variegated seedling that small, so I don't know if the current state bears any resemblance to the future.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 2:19PM
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LisaCLV(HI)

They tend to be hard to grow out when they're divided down the middle like that. The green part generally grows faster, resulting in the leaves becoming hook-shaped and distorted, and the white part can be very susceptible to damage and rot. Let's hope the next leaves produce more even variegation.

Can we see Mommy?

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 2:24PM
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bromadams(10b)

Mom is nothing special.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 2:58PM
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LisaCLV(HI)

Ah, mama was compacta. I thought you meant it was a seedling of a variegated compacta hybrid.

It does occasionally happen that you'll get a rogue variegated seedling in a grex from unvariegated parents. In nature these would usually die out because they're weaker than their green brethren. I had a similar one show up in an unvariegated grex:

As it aged, the leaves grew more distorted, but still healthy looking at this point:

When it got a bit bigger the weaker white tissues started to crap out:

Then the new leaves started coming out all albino and turning brown:

I finally gave up trying to save it and threw it out. When a seedling shows weakness of any sort, odds are it will carry that weakness to adulthood and not be a good cultivar. Not all variegates are terminally weak, of course, but the more white tissue it has the slower it will grow.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 4:15PM
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bromadams(10b)

Thanks for the lesson. I won't feel so bad when it dies. Do you think that giving it lots of sun or little sun would help it along? I always figure that variegates need more sun to compensate for the lack of chlorophyll.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 9:41PM
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LisaCLV(HI)

No, I see your logic but variegates don't need any more sun, just treat it the same as the others. N. compacta burns in too much sun, at least it does here.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 11:18PM
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