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Re: Varigated ZZ`s and more.

  • Subject: Re: Varigated ZZ`s and more.
  • From: Adam Black <epiphyte1@earthlink.net>
  • Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2007 00:55:53 -0500

I know that plants with certain viral infections can take on a variegated appearance before the plant wastes away, but I seem to recall mention somewhere of a controversial method of inoculating plants with a particular virus that produces the variegated appearance yet supposedly does not harm the plant. Does this ring a bell with anyone?

I can't stand most variegated plants - I prefer the normal colored ones!

Adam Black

Julius Boos wrote:
>From : 	Michael Mahan <agavestar@covad.net>
Reply-To : 	Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent : 	Monday, October 29, 2007 6:31 AM
To : 	"'Discussion of aroids'" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Subject : 	Re: [Aroid-l] Varigated ZZ`s and more.

Dear Friends,

>From the limited response which was posted thus far, it seems that some 
labs/people are in fact using chemicals and other methods to 'create' 
varigated "sports'' of plants, some of which soon revert back to an 
all-green state, some seem able to "hold" the varigation.
Other varigations (and cultivars differenig from the original) seem to just 
"turn up" in batches of plants created from the tissue culture processes, 
and are chosen out of large batches as "cultivars' of a certain species.
I guess that we can only wait and see where this trend goes, and meanwhile 
let the buyer beware!

Thanks to all,


Limited info so far ..  as there is a lab that is using a chemical that
induces it (variegation ) while the tissue is being cultured but they
to be holding their cards tightly to the chest as a bunch of agaves are
showing up that way ,  that lab is in Northeast -New England  .. BUT the
outcome is very variable right now & the clones seem to revert back ,
very fast under good culture & I'll find the link to it but there is
lab is in the EU that is doing succulents much the same way & auctioning
the mistakes as they are wildly colored .. any variegate collectors be
cautious  about new clones as the reversions back to green are wide
thru may species from what I am hearing thru rumors from other
dealers/collectors .. seems there are a few well known nurseries
but all this is rumor,  So no flaming        .. Michael Mahan

-----Original Message-----
From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com
On Behalf Of Julius Boos
Sent: Sunday, October 28, 2007 10:05 AM
To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
Subject: [Aroid-l] Varigated ZZ`s and more.

>From : 	Ken Mosher <ken@spatulacity.com>
Reply-To : 	Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent : 	Sunday, October 28, 2007 3:19 PM
To : 	Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Subject : 	Re: [Aroid-l] Forms of ZZ plant -thanks + a tissue culture

Dear Ken,

Thanks for the info:, from what I`ve heard, there is "something" going
with this "varigated" kick, all sorts of plants are popping up in a
varigated form.   A friend hinted to me that there is a process being
to induce this varigation in MANY plants, just recently I heard of a
plants of varigated Philodendron goeldii for sale in Asia, and even in
plant families way too many varigated cultivars are turning up for it
to be by chance.
Does anyone have any info. on this??

The Best,


The very expensive Zamioculcas for sale at the IAS show was
That's why it was $100. There were several rooted cuttings in each
plastic sleeve and there were two available for sale.

-Ken Mosher

Julius Boos wrote:
Dear Adam,

Thanks for the kind words.   Remember, I only suggested (in another
  that the Zamioculcas now commonly available because of tissue
culture may
be modified and so be larger and more attractive 'selections' than the
'mother' plant might be.   As far as I know little data is availabe on
Like you, I like to have at last one wild-collected plant which the
cultured plants can be compared to!
There seem to be quite a few 'new' cultivars/selections which are said
have been individuals selected and propagated from batches produced
tissue culture.  Several Alocasias, Philodendrons, Caladiums, etc.
come to
Michael Mahan reports that he saw cuttings of Zamioculcus for sale at
IAS show for over $100.00, and others across the room, large potted 
specimens, for $30.00.   I think that we can say that the cheaper ones
the tissue-cultured specimens, I only wish I knew more about the story 
behind the specimens which were being sold for expensive prices!

The Best,


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