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[IGSROBIN] Freak of Nature


You asked about 'Freak of Nature'. I haven't grown it myself. It used to pop
up at Shows a few years ago but not so much recently. A few Nurseries sell
it but it is not common.

I asked the BPGS secretary if he had experience of growing it - the
following is a combination of both our comments :

Strong grower, but slow and straggly, so difficult to control for a good
show plant and needs lots of pinching out, so better as a second year plant
. Does look good if grown well with its two coloured leaf, un-typically of
normal bicolours . Poor flower for a Zonal, so it is definitely the unusual
leaf that is the reason to grow it. With a large white area the leaf can
burn in strong sunlight, but is not as bad as tricolours.

I'm always wary of getting plants outside my main interest groups because I
hate to get rid of plants once I have them and I don't have much space under
glass. But, I might have a go at it myself next year.


-----Original Message-----
From: Hedgehug@aol.com <Hedgehug@aol.com>
To: david@1000feet.prestel.co.uk <david@1000feet.prestel.co.uk>
Date: 27 November 1998 16:54
Subject: Re: [IGSROBIN] P.reniforme - Lavender Lad/Lass

>Thanks for the correction.  There's not a single reniforme cross in the
>is there?  It rather squelches my ideas of expanding my collection though.
>Switching over to zonals, do you by any chance grow 'Freak of Nature'?
>what I've read it appears to do better on your half of the ocean than mine,
>but I think I'm going to track one down and give it a shot anyway.  I
>particularly like the highly variegated varieties and would like to add
>one to the collection.

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