Husker Red Penstemon Volunteers - Knowledgebase Question

Lincoln, NE
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Question by jlhranac
May 1, 1999
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 from NGA
May 1, 1999
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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