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Re: Varigated ZZ`s and more.

  • Subject: Re: Varigated ZZ`s and more.
  • From: "Michael Mahan" <agavestar@covad.net>
  • Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2007 23:31:07 -0700

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 seem
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 , some
very fast under good culture & I'll find the link to it but there is  one
lab is in the EU that is doing succulents much the same way & auctioning off
the mistakes as they are wildly colored .. any variegate collectors be way
cautious  about new clones as the reversions back to green are wide spread
thru may species from what I am hearing thru rumors from other
dealers/collectors .. seems there are a few well known nurseries involved
but all this is rumor,  So no flaming        .. Michael Mahan   

-----Original Message-----
From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto: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 on 
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 used 
to induce this varigation in MANY plants, just recently I heard of a couple 
plants of varigated Philodendron goeldii for sale in Asia, and even in other

plant families way too many varigated cultivars are turning up for it just 
to be by chance.
Does anyone have any info. on this??

The Best,


>>The very expensive Zamioculcas for sale at the IAS show was variegated.
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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