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Re: Variegated plants

Hi everyone,

Good to see the Robin is alive and well and still taking on new members. =
has been very quiet for the last few months.

I am responding to the comment Carolyn made about "the original plant =
entirely green" as this is not wholly accurate. It is possible to breed =
pure variegated hybrid from seed and for a subsequent sport to be green. =
does not happen that frequently but I have seen it a number of times.
It is also possible for a sport to be a butterfly or a gold leaf =

I have about 100 new seedlings growing on strongly at present, they were =
variegated crosses but only one was completely variegated from the first
true seed leaves.

The weather in the UK is starting to warm up so hopefully the plants =
will be
showing some colour in the next few weeks.

Does anyone know if the Plant Breeder is still being resurrected.

Steve Pollard in UK=20

-----Original Message-----
Sent: 29 May 2003 09:15
Subject: Re: Variegated plants

Hi, Alex!

Actually, the original plant was entirely green, and the variegated part
is a SPORT.  Nobody really knows why or how plants grow a sport, or
reverts from variegation (back) to green but it might have to do with
some survival mechanism. as some adjustment is made of the chromosomes
at the site of the joining between the green and variegated portion.
Might be chimera, might not.

Variegation doesn't survive in the wild because the green portion, by
having and using much more chlorophyll,  is much stronger than the
variegated part, and by growth, over takes the sport. If you look around
your garden, you will see variegation on all sorts of plants. THEN, you
need to become familiar with propagation techniques and isolate that
sport and propagate it and show it to some plantsman and then become
rich and famous.

Mostly, have fun with plants!!!

Carolyn Schaffner in Buffalo, NY

Hello there! I am new to the list and have a question I hope someone can
help me with. How is it that a variegated plant can all of a sudden have
new growth that become entirely green? I understand this growth needs to
be removed before it becomes the dominant color. Thanks, Alex p.
Pasadena, CA

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