night23 at nightynight.com
Tue Jun 5 13:13:39 EST 2001
they were all alaska nusturtium seeds which will yield different
flower colors (i presume). I shall keep an eye on what flower color
arises from the red stem plant relative to the other plants in the
jar... If there looks to be no difference... then i shall propagate the
red stem plant's seeds... and watch to see if red stemmed seedlings show
Selective breeding a few generations down the line for redder colors...
and soon I may have the world's first bright red stemmed nusturtium
plant with leaf venation to match.
A million dollar plant for gardeners the world over.
> If you are asking if "red stems" is a genetic trait, the answer is yes.
> You did not say if your Nasturtiums are a single cultivar or mixed colors.
> If they are mixed, you should expect some variability in other characters
> besides flower color.
> Night23 <night23 at nightynight.com> wrote in message
> news:3B18096D.ABEC30FA at nightynight.com...
> > Hi,
> > I am growing a jar of Nusturtium plants from seeds. Among the 10 or
> > so plants in the jar which have recently germinated, I observed that one
> > of them has a red stem (the rest are green). The entire stem is a light
> > red color including branches leading up to the leaves. The leaf
> > venation is slightly reddish as well as well as a thin region of red
> > around the rim of each leaf.
> > Is this a mutant plant?
> > Are there any physical (nutrient deficiency) factors that could cause a
> > plant to have a red stem? The plants are closely spaced growing in the
> > same jar and recieve the same amount of lighting everyday and the same
> > amount of water (I haven't been adding red dye in or anything). Soil
> > conditions are the same obviously since they are in the same jar.
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