Merry Christmas, Chuck, to you and yours from
Dorothy and me....
and about those white babies....my very first
cross, back in the late forties, of Purissima X some blue--possibly Lent A.
Williamson (blue, sorta) had a no-chlorophyll baby. I wilted when it
died....I didn't realize the metabolic role "green" played, but soon
Over the years, there've been others, one here, one
there. None of them ever lived long enough to develop any chlorophyll,
unless that tinge of yellow was a trace.
When I started making crosses with ROMANTIC
EVENING, however, about one out of ten of the seedlings from some
crosses were no-chlorophyll sorts. I believe others have experienced
the same thing.
None have ever been chimeras, but I've read your
posts about those avidly. I am astonished the proportion of albinos is as
high as it is from CANADIAN STREAKER. One would think an iris with half
its leaf tissue green would give half green offspring, more or less.
I wonder if a bud-style graft into a green-bearing
rhizome of a small but actively growing plant is possible...you've probably
tried it. If the graft, or in-budding, were successful, one would think
the necessary nutrients would continue to be supplied to the seedling.
...Just a thought.
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