Cuttings in flower after 5 weeks
I am intrigued by my Salvia leucantha cuttings, taken on 30 October, that are now starting to flower after just 5 weeks. The buds are on new growth, rather than being nascent buds from the original cutting material. I must add that the plants are in a light box at 80F with 14 hours of light a day, and looking very healthy.
This raises several questions. Is this normal? How does a plant in a light box know what season it is and hence when to flower? And is it seriously detremental to the plant at this age? - I appreciate it will divert strength away from the creation of foliage, but I am willing to let it continue as an experiment.
I presume that a spring/summer cutting would not be ready to flower after 5 weeks, and that this has only happened because the cutting material was taken from a plant in full flower.