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variegated seedling

Posted by bromadams (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 12, 08 at 13:06

Variegated N. compacta hybrid seedling. The only one in the grex of 100.


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RE: variegated seedling

It looks kinda 50/50, half green and half white. Hope it keeps that up - good luck!

K


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RE: variegated seedling

I've never seen a picture of a variegated seedling that small, so I don't know if the current state bears any resemblance to the future.


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They tend to be hard to grow out when they're divided down the middle like that. The green part generally grows faster, resulting in the leaves becoming hook-shaped and distorted, and the white part can be very susceptible to damage and rot. Let's hope the next leaves produce more even variegation.

Can we see Mommy?


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RE: variegated seedling - mom

Mom is nothing special.


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RE: variegated seedling

Ah, mama was compacta. I thought you meant it was a seedling of a variegated compacta hybrid.

It does occasionally happen that you'll get a rogue variegated seedling in a grex from unvariegated parents. In nature these would usually die out because they're weaker than their green brethren. I had a similar one show up in an unvariegated grex:

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As it aged, the leaves grew more distorted, but still healthy looking at this point:

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When it got a bit bigger the weaker white tissues started to crap out:

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Then the new leaves started coming out all albino and turning brown:

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I finally gave up trying to save it and threw it out. When a seedling shows weakness of any sort, odds are it will carry that weakness to adulthood and not be a good cultivar. Not all variegates are terminally weak, of course, but the more white tissue it has the slower it will grow.


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RE: variegated seedling

Thanks for the lesson. I won't feel so bad when it dies. Do you think that giving it lots of sun or little sun would help it along? I always figure that variegates need more sun to compensate for the lack of chlorophyll.


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No, I see your logic but variegates don't need any more sun, just treat it the same as the others. N. compacta burns in too much sun, at least it does here.


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