Sports

neomeaDecember 23, 2009

Hi all

Well its not often that I can say that I have a sport, but cruising around the garden this weekend I found two!!

First on is from a compacta clump that I have growing on a Strelitzia.

Side view

Next is a Billbergia Louise (I think, tag is gone)

This one has gone variegated. Do you think it will make it?

Cheers for now

Dennis

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LisaCLV(HI)

I hate to rain on your parade, Dennis, but those both look fairly normal to me. I see the occasional compacta pup come out like that, particularly if it's been subjected to some sort of stress. They generally outgrow the dark streaks as they mature, but if yours remains stable over several generations, then you might have something.

As for Louise, it is a variegated plant. It's also quite unstable, as I found out when I bought both that and Perriam's Pride, thinking they were two different cvs, only to have them both switch back and forth and show both types of variegation on the same plant.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   December 23, 2009 at 4:42AM
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neomea

Gee thanks Lisa! You win some....you lose some....I will keep an eye on the compacta and see if anything come of it!

    Bookmark   December 23, 2009 at 7:06AM
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bromadams(10b)

Dennis, I have a compacta that is the pup of a mother that was roughed up by a falling royal palm frond and both mother and pup developed odd marks that are still showing on new leaves of the pup one year later. However, I doubt that the next generation will continue this trend but if it does the obvious name would be Impacta.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2009 at 8:44AM
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neomea

Hehehe good one!

    Bookmark   December 23, 2009 at 9:06AM
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bromadams(10b)

Here is a pic of 'Impacta'. It took me a while to find it. I stuck it in the boot of a palm where I never see it.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2009 at 12:37PM
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LisaCLV(HI)

Uh oh, that looks more like a viral infection than impact bruises, Nick. It most likely WILL pass on to future generations if you don't throw it out.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2009 at 1:37PM
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vriesea

I fear that Lisa is right with her diagnosis there Nick ,it wont only pass it on to its future generations ,but all it gets in contact with as well.Me ? i would incinerate it , Do NOT compost it as that will not kill most plant viruses ,

    Bookmark   December 23, 2009 at 2:15PM
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bromadams(10b)

You may be right, but I remember quite well that the markings showed up immediately after impact. Maybe the open wounds allowed the virus access or weakened the plant and made it more vulnerable.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2009 at 2:48PM
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