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Re: H. 'Liberty', will the edge deteriorate?

  • Subject: Re: H. 'Liberty', will the edge deteriorate?
  • From: RBRSSR@aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 19:53:24 EDT

Bill, thanks for your comments, they are always appreciated. 

I'm struggling with your statement that "there's probably no relevance to how 
wide the margin is."  Seems to me that the more white, the more problems, 
whether it be center or edge variegation. 

My perception is the narrower the white center, the less severe of a problem 
melting out will be. If accurate, wouldn't the same hold true for white edges, 
the wider the edge, the more prone to melting, tearing and/or cupping? 

Do the different leaf layers (L1 vs.L2) have any bearing on this subject? 

Not arguing, just trying to learn.

Ray Rodgers, Bartonville, IL, Zone 5  

In a message dated 10/14/2004 10:12:32 PM Central Standard Time, 
njhosta@hotmail.com writes:
"Melting Out" is really
the plant shedding unnecessary nonfunctioning tissue and has nothing to do
with the sun or anything else. Insufficient water may cause the plant to get
rid of it sooner, but most other environmental factors don't seem to be
involved. Possibly certain soil elements might be a factor, but nobody knows
at this time.
        Now that we have that, there's no probably no relevance to how wide
the margin is. The amount of stress on a plant can hasten it's "decision" to
stop supplying water from the roots to white tissue, but it's probably a
genetic thing how long a given cultivar will hold it. 

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