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Re: Amorphophallus Chlorophyll missing?

  • Subject: Re: Amorphophallus Chlorophyll missing?
  • From: Jeremy P <drplantman@gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 09:55:55 +1000

G'day Neil,

Back in 2005 we purchased 4 Titan seeds - all 4 germinated and two were  pale mutants, same as you have. They (the all-white seedlings) grew for a while and then just faded away without turning green or forming a tuber.... which is what I expected really. Kind-a hard to make a life with no (or minimal!) food!

My gut feeling is it doesn't have anything to do with the environment they're germinated in, I'd say it's a genetic thing...

On a side note, I've just recently weighed in one of the siblings @ 10.34 kg after 5 years. It's been averaging a 3-fold weight increase with every leaf cycle (each leaf cycle lasts around 18 months, with a ~2 month dormancy in between)... so perhaps by 2012 she'll be ready to strut her floriferous stuff!

Hope that helps,

Jeremy P
Botanic Gardens Melbourne

On 19 April 2010 04:33, Neil Gordon <gneil23@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
Ive got a new batch of Amorph. Titanum seeds on the go, but one of them seems to be missing the green bit most plants figure out early in life.

Its had the same light levels as the others, grown in the same place, not the biggest and not the smallest, nor the first or last in its batch to open a leaf.

Its just not going green (like the one behind it which hasnt opened its first leaf properly yet.)

Anyone got any clues, will it die, or will it keep growing in this mutated colour?


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