This month is a follow up to the several chimera African violet projects that were started in earlier blogs. First, an update on the self-pollinating Emerald City Chimera African violet. Below is a picture of the maturing seed pod. Refer to the January 1st 2011 post and picture of the flower with the sigma embedded into the pollen sack. Below is that same flower (now a seed pod) with maturing seed. As you can see I anticipate a good yield and will make the seed available.
The second project is a cross between Van’s Evan and Van’s Evan (self pollinated). I was not interested in the outcome of the flowers but of the variegated leaves. Would the outcome be all green and the variation lost? Would it be a mixture of green and white? Might I get some green and red?
The outcome was three different leaf colors. All green no variegation (no need to show you an image of that), green and white variegation(just what the parent plant was) and red and white variegation which is rather attractive.
The image on the left and above, was the most common color of the leaves of the seedlings from the Van’s Evan X Van’s Evan cross. Only one of the seedlings produces leaves with a reddish color in the leaves with a green mid-leaf (the image on the right side).
The third project was “Double Erin” Click here to see the June 21st 2010 blog. What I did was remove the flower stalk and cultured it with the idea that perhaps the outcome would be another plant with strong double flower traits. Two plants were obtained. I was able to produce another Erin chimera (below to the left) with no strong double trait, just another regular Erin chimera. I also ended up with an all purple plant (below and to the right).
Finally I wanted to share with you this bloom of “The Alps”. It is blooming true and consistent in every way except one flower on one petal is solid purple. Never saw anything like this before! Rather unusual.