What to do with this? Sport of Riverdance

Poochella(7 WA)September 11, 2006

Here's a normal red Riverdance anemone from 2005

And here is what I found on a Riverdance plant this year. Just a few specks of red, one thin red stripe on the yellow version.

Blurry version of the yellow blossom showing the red stripe.

The plant with both reds and the yellow version growing.

My question is: can I do anything with the seeds off the yellow blossom, or cuttings off that branch to try and propagate that color? How would I go about taking a cutting off a mature branch?

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plantlady2(NW Washington)

Are there side branches or tips that you can let grow to 3 leaf nodes? If so, take a tip cutting just like you would do in spring, pot it up, winter it over as an indoor plant, plant it out in the spring & hope the sport stayed true. Seeds won't be true but if you collect some & plant them in the spring you might come up with some interesting other blooms.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2006 at 2:37PM
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Poochella(7 WA)

Thanks, Plantlady. I'm assuming the side branches would have to come off the same branch the yellow bloom is on, right?
I'll check this aft when I go water, if I water. So far no new blooms on that plant to check but I'm watching like a cat with a cornered mouse...LOL.

Speaking of, thanks to your earlier advice ole Poochella has three cuttings that have bloomed to date and more on the way. I had a great number that rooted, took them upstairs for more heat only to have them mowed down like a salad bar by the cats! Think I should adopt dahlias instead of animals....

So thank you on two counts! I'll post if anything happens with the sport.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2006 at 3:29PM
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Noni Morrison

WOW! I love the yellow sport of Riverdance!

My Ducks decided they loved dahlias and ate all the red ones I planted into my red garden! I have Fire and Ice coming back ,now that the ducks have been in a different garden for 2 weeks and I hope the one behind it is Riverdance.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2006 at 11:16PM
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plantlady2(NW Washington)

Yes, you have to take the cutting from the sported branch.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2006 at 2:16AM
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