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crossing morning glories is easy?

Posted by Niwahito z5 IL ( on
Mon, Jan 10, 05 at 14:54

.Last year, I put morning glories (2 types, a brilliant pink and a royal blue) around my house. They grew AMAZINGLY. I have a few questions. The HUNDREDS of seeds I collected from them will be (primarily) crosses, I assume. When two colors of MG cross, are the results generally stripes/polka dots/plaids with each color, or will they just "blend" or "alternate" colors (typically)? THIS year, I've scoured the internet and local providers and have collected about fifty (FIFTY!) different colors/types/varieties of MG, that I plan to put on every "climbable" space, mixed together. Has anyone else ever done this? What were the results? I'm assuming that, were I to do it for a few years they'd tend to revert to the pale blue, which is "native" (in much the same way that "fancy pigeons", crossed and recrossed, revert to grey with barred wings, and goldfish revert to less-colorful carp). If anyone has, e-mail me, and/or tell me about unusual varieties I might've missed!

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RE: crossing morning glories is easy?

I see you already got a response to your question in the other thread in this forum, and in the Vines Forum.

Here is a technical article at PubMedCentral that says in the section, "Genetics of Flower Color Variants" that "At least 21 floral phenotypes are determined by five genetic loci". One gene selects color, another affects intensity of the color, another influences pattern, and so on.

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