Changes in Chimera Blooms is First Reflected in the Leaves

Very recently I used a tissue culture method to propagate Neptunes Jewels. In the past, I was able to generate numerous plants all true to the parent as illustrated below. (Click on the images to enlarge them)

Neptunes Jewels
AVSA Reg# 9179 2/3/2003 – Lyndon Lyon Greenhouses/Sorano

What was interesting is as the plants developed the true Neptune’s Jewels plants retained the green leaf pigment (top and bottom of the leaf. Two of the plant’s leaves developed darker green leaves with red underleaf pigment. I knew these two plants were going to bloom differently and they did. Below is the first plant with dark green leaves that bloomed. Note the change in leaf color that was the tip-off that the chimera had sported.

The First Sport of Neptunes Jewels

The second plant in the batch to sport also had dark green leaves with red underleaf pigment.

The Second Sport of Neptunes Jewels.

The bottom line is as you are propagating chimera African violets, the first very reliable clue that one of the plants will not be genetically true will be the observation that phenotypically the leaf color, shape or texture has changed.

One Comment

  1. Posted November 1, 2019 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    The leaves are prettier than the flowers!!!

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