Bulbs forum: Can bulb leaf/flower color change each year?

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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Nov 9, 2014 10:01 PM CST
Let's say one year your Lily has normal green leaves, is it possible the next year it could sprout albino or variegated leaves (a sport or mutation), or is leaf color on bulb plants the same forever? Same question for the flower, can it change?

One Lily I planted had an albino flower and the rest were normal pink, so I was wondering if it will bloom albino again next year or be normally colored?
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gemini_sage
Nov 10, 2014 7:01 AM CST
I have seen a random variegated leaf or albino leaf show up on various bulb plants. It can be a sport or mutation, or can be caused from plants getting hit by overspray from herbicides. Usually I don't see the trait recur, but it possibly could. It will be interesting to see what happens next year.
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purpleinopp
Nov 10, 2014 9:09 AM CST
I'd like to see that, Keith. Did you take any pics? Lily is a pretty generic term also, there are so many. Do you know what kind you have?

What you describe sounds like a viral type of alteration. (Not necessarily a bad thing, in this technical context.)
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Nov 10, 2014 10:36 AM CST
purpleinopp said:I'd like to see that, Keith. Did you take any pics? Lily is a pretty generic term also, there are so many. Do you know what kind you have?

What you describe sounds like a viral type of alteration. (Not necessarily a bad thing, in this technical context.)


The Lily was asiatic 'delicate joy', I don't have photos but the flower was pure white, but not normal eggshell white almost like green hue with pale white, certainly not pink like it's supposed to. These lilies have black spots in the middle, but this flower lacked any spots too.
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purpleinopp
Nov 10, 2014 3:16 PM CST
Sounds very interesting. Not one I know much about. But knowing what kind it is should give the long-term growers of that kind the opportunity to tell you if that happens often, why, that kind of thing. Was the foliage normal-looking? I don't think I will be able to contribute anything more to this discussion, but wish you luck in your investigation. Have fun!
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