Abnormal Mauna Loa Blooms

As I have numerous times in the past, I propagated some Mauna Loa from some flower stems.  Nothing special.  8 months later one of the plants produced bloomed.  And every single bloom looked like of what you see below.

MLOdd3 2016-08-14 17-49-52 (B,Radius10,Smoothing7)











Several commonalities of each bloom.  First each bloom has or had 6 points or ends on each bloom.  The bloom appeared as one single petal with one point of separation

MLOdd2 2016-08-14 17-47-16 (B,Radius10,Smoothing7)










Every one of the blooms are small and does not appear to be exhibiting its chimer-ism.  I have never experienced in my years of growing a full bloom of tiny undeveloped flowers.  Perhaps this is the consequence of some environmental factors?   If you have seen this I would appreciate your input.












Now the question is in my mind is,  if the small blooms are caused by some environmental factor and  will return to normal next flowering cycle or is this a true genetic mutation?  I suppose I can take the bloom stalks and propagate them to produce new plants and see the outcome or perhaps the easiest is to just wait and see what the next bloom cycle brings.  Regardless time will tell.


  1. Lenclost
    Posted February 4, 2017 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    My Mauna Loa blooms like that occasionally. I think its lack of humidity.
    All best

  2. admin
    Posted February 4, 2017 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the insight. I had received another response about a Concord bloom and never really considered temperature and humidity or for that matter any environmental factors impacting bloom color or shape. Thanks again.

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