Neptune’s Treasure and Being a Bad Sport

As we write and talk about “sports” in chimera African violets as being a genetic variant to the parent, I could not resist the title.   On the rare occasion, one of my chimera African violets will sport.  Either the entire plant or a flower stem.  In this case, I have a flower stem sport.  As you see this is Neptune’s Treasure.  The bloom on the right of the below image is normal and was the first to bloom.  But looking at the buds on the second bloom stalk I noticed that it was going to be different.  And sure enough, it was not an acceptable bloom and the stalk had mutated.

If you click on the image below it will enlarge the image so you can see how the typical blue/white pinwheel effect is not clean at all.  With blue in the white, borders not delineated, this is not acceptable.

If you look at the bud “A” of this mutated flower stalk you will see it is darker and you cannot easily make out the white and blue stripes as is illustrated in the last image.

Compare flower bud “B” below with “A” above.  Without the full bloom, you know something is not right with this chimera.  This is the heart of less subtle changes, for example with Concord.  The white margins in some of the commercial offerings of Concord are much smaller than the original “Concord” from years ago.  That is why with chimera African violets, not a plant should be sold, traded or exchanged until the producer knows if, in fact, the bloom is true.  


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