A few months back I posted about
Amour Elite producing two sports for me. One plant has blooms with
a bright pink background and white/purple fantasy and a second
plant with bright pink center stripes and white/purple splotches
on the outside of the blooms. The chimera-wannabe is still
blooming similarly, but it was not producing any keikis. I
purchased a new jar of Keiki-grow and retreated (the other was
very old and had been accidentally left out of the refrigerator),
so we'll see what happens.
In the meantime, a third plant
of Amour Elite is sporting as well. This plant has purple center
stripes with pink and white splotches on the outside of the bloom.
It also is pretty, so it got the Keiki Grow treatment too.
My Buckeye Bravado has rebloomed and this time I'm positive it is a
sport. The background of the bloom is lavender but the center of the
blooms all have darker purple stripes. The last bloom cycle the
stripes weren't as pronounced and it was only one bloom, so I wasn't
sure. This time the stripes are very visible on multiple blooms and
bloomstalks, so they also got the Keiki Grow treatment.
I've finally got decent sized Keikis on my Pen'n'Ink plant so I'll
be putting those in soil soon. It does take a lot time to grow out
these, not to mention waiting for leaves to sprout babies to see if
they are the same as plants produced from the Keikis or the mother
plant. Three generations to see if the chimera is stable too, isn't
it? I'm going to be at this for a long time. After all that work, if
at least some of these do turn out to be reproducible and stable
chimeras, one really does deserve to get the plant named. The
waiting is the hardest part!
I've no idea what has gotten into my plants lately, but the sports
are pretty so far. Keeping my fingers crossed! Does anyone know what
percentage of chimeras are reliably stable? Since it is a genetic
anomaly, I wonder.
Wendy B in AL