The Q&A Archives: Husker Red Penstemon Volunteers

Question: Over the years, my Husker Red Penstemon plants have vigorously self-seeded. I now have enough to share. Most of the volunteers have the normal deep red foliage, but some have normal green foliage. Are these sports, and should I pinch these particular plants?

Answer: What fun! If you would prefer to keep your seed strain purer and produce more red plants than green, it would be a good idea to cull the green plants and thus remove them from the gene pool. These would be more of a reversion than a sport.

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