General Cultural Techniques

skeipSeptember 28, 2012

Long time lurker, first time poster. I usually post over on Harvest or Vegetables. I have tried the search engine, but we all know how that is. I have about 20 Sans that I have been growing for the past several years. Most were puchased because I liked the coloration, leaf form or some other interesting aspect of the plant. I would not say that I am a collector, tho my family might care to argue that point.

My question is about best cultural techniques. My plants are all potted in hi fiber potting soil. In the summer I move them outside to the north side of the house, some am, some pm sun. Water to keep them moist, fertilize with 20-20-20 weekly at standard dilution. Plants look great, average to good new growth. This time of year they come inside to a east facing window, and they are run cool and dry for the winter.

When I buy a plant it will have a particular look, but then the pups, ofsets, whatever you call them, many times will have a totally different varigation pattern, leafsize / shape or color. Why is this? I understand about "sports" in vegetative reproduction, but one would not expect that at the rate that I am seeing. It has led to some interesting new looks that I have removed and potted up.

So long story longer, is there something that I am doing wrong culturally that is causing this, or is it just the nature of the beast? TYIA.


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Skeip. Welcome!!! Do you have a photo you could share as an example? If not, could you give us an idea of the cultivar or variety you are talking about? If they have a mericlinal type variegation each new leaf and especially new pup will have a different variegation pattern. These may often stabilize into forms that are solid colored or more stable periclinal types which you can then separate and propagate. Periclinal variegates (good example is the common S. trifasciata 'laurenti') and solid colored plants should not differ that much between pup and mother plant. Different growing conditions may cause some difference in coloration but it will not be that drastic.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2012 at 1:37PM
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Stush2049 Pitts. PA, zone 6

It is possible you have bought young immature plants and when growing out they enlarge and look different. Again we need pictures and any ID you may have. Even like where you purchased them, Big Box Stores or Greenhouses or both. Most greenhouses/nurseries can give you a good idea of what to expect or the proper name of the Sans you bought.
And welcome to our forum.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2012 at 2:47PM
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