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Alamo Sunshine no petals on flower

Posted by immatater 8a (My Page) on
Tue, May 20, 08 at 12:58

I bought a few new types of african violets when they were plantlets. They are now getting to a good size and starting to put out blooms. This one is supposed to be "alamo sunshine" but the flowers have no/very small petals. Is there anything that might correct this or is it something wrong with the genetics of the plant? I am using the same fertilizers that I use for all my other AV's (Peter's Specialties AV).


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RE: Alamo Sunshine no petals on flower

I think you have a sport. Hardly any petals - all genitalia.

Runner up to AV Botanika - and variegated!

Irina

Here is a link that might be useful: Botanika


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RE: Alamo Sunshine no petals on flower

I love the variegated leaves. This is the first blooming of this plant. Is there a chance the next blooming could be "normal"?


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RE: Alamo Sunshine no petals on flower

If it is a sport - not really. Just to check if it is something else - first bloom deviation or else - remove all flowers, leach the pot - and wait for the next flush. Sometimes the first bloom is not typical. But yours is so very atypical...

The variegation is gorgeous. May be you need to try again. Did all your starters bloomed this way? Sometimes out of let's say 5 babies - 1 sports, the rest look like mama. There are varieties that are very hard to start from a leaf - they sport so much. Playful Spectrum - is one of them.

Good luck and keep us posted.

Irina


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RE: Alamo Sunshine no petals on flower

The ones I got were all different types so this is the only one I have of this kind. I will play with it (removing the flowers etc.) and I'm also going to try to start another from one of the leaves and see what happens. No matter what, I still think its a lovely plant ;)


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RE: Alamo Sunshine no petals on flower

It does have lovely variegation... I kinda want one now (ha! I need more violets like I need a hole in my head...) I did have a plant that bloomed at first in a similar way, very tiny petals. As the blooms aged, though, they got bigger, and eventually those blooms looked more normal, and the new blooms came up normal as well. Maybe yours is behaving the same way? Are the flowers very new, or several days old?


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RE: Alamo Sunshine no petals on flower

Thanks for posting your pic---I honestly have never seen anything like that. I've been a member of GW for years and still love how I learn new things every day! :)


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RE: Alamo Sunshine no petals on flower

The flowers were about a week old when I took the pic. It was the first time that plant had flowered though.


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