Discussion of Colors, Forms or Varieties forum: Mayan Warrior: funny sport?

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Sep 21, 2016 1:37 PM CST
Name: Lin
Europe-Switzerland, z 7b
Dicovered today two flowers with different shape,
I checked the whole plant and looked hard, where those stems came from, to make sure they are from the same stem. ( Almost sure that I checked properly, but having second thoughts when seeing the pic ;-) , could such a change happen?)

Other flowers from another sideshoot were like the original.

Is this a local mutation of somatic cells?

As it is not the whole stem that changed I reckon the tubers are not affected.

Just out of curiosity, could you make some kind of cuttings in order to keep that mutation?
Reckon I like it because it almost looks waterlily-ish...

Sorry, didn't have my camera with me, just a pic from my tired phone,

bye, Lin

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Sep 21, 2016 2:18 PM CST
Name: Ted
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Very rare to see a form sport where the ray florets take on a different shape. As with any sport, it is worth keeping only if it is a nice flower. Keeping it just because it is a sport is a lot of work for nothing.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
Sep 21, 2016 8:23 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I quite like your sport with its little glow of yellow. It looks like a very nice cut flower.
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