Annuals forum: Irradiated Marigolds, monster flowers

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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Aug 15, 2014 1:24 PM CST
Result of lab experiments, they terrorize a garden near you. :P
They are supposedly african marigolds. Leaf color varies too
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Aug 16, 2014 5:06 AM CST
They look like a cross with Mexican marigolds?
What were irradiated---the seeds or the plants?
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Aug 16, 2014 9:23 AM CST
CarolineScott said:They look like a cross with Mexican marigolds?
What were irradiated---the seeds or the plants?


The seeds were, if the plants had been most would die or burn. This is how new cultivars can be created if normal hybridization yields slow results, but the study also shows effects of radiation on plants in areas after nuclear war.
It said african marigolds, these are quite tall at least 3 feet, I don't think Mexican marigolds get that big.
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Aug 16, 2014 4:52 PM CST
And we need to know what radiation they were using?
Some people have tried microwaving seeds to get better germination?
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Aug 17, 2014 10:28 PM CST
CarolineScott said:And we need to know what radiation they were using?
Some people have tried microwaving seeds to get better germination?


Here's where I got them it should answer your questions. http://www.carolina.com/plant-genetics/marigold-irradiated-s...
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Aug 18, 2014 6:14 AM CST
Very high energy gamma radiation.
The same used in cancer therapy.
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Aug 23, 2014 8:00 PM CST
More giants!
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Aug 25, 2014 11:08 AM CST
This odd one just bloomed, looks almost like a wild marigold reverted back.
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Aug 27, 2014 10:55 PM CST
I measured this giant today. (same plant in different lighting)
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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Sep 3, 2014 10:55 PM CST
Here is an oddity, a dwarf plant! Flower is the size of a quarter coin only and less than a foot tall! Guess it didnt get the giant gene? And here is a bright orange flower, yes its really this bright!
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Sep 9, 2014 5:00 PM CST
Interesting outcome. Looks like a wide variation. That last one really pops!
Name: Julie
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overmyheadineugene
Sep 11, 2014 12:39 AM CST
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These are a few of mine, which look so much like yours! And the flowers last a LONG time.
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Sep 11, 2014 9:34 AM CST
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These are a few of mine, which look so much like yours! And the flowers last a LONG time.


They look great! And your right the flowers last so long its like the perfect marigold!
Name: Julie
Eugene, OR (Zone 8b)
overmyheadineugene
Sep 11, 2014 1:28 PM CST
Thanx! I wish I could keep them through the winter...I'm going to give it a shot, anyway...I've grown very attached to my new companions!
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Sep 11, 2014 7:32 PM CST
overmyheadineugene said:Thanx! I wish I could keep them through the winter...I'm going to give it a shot, anyway...I've grown very attached to my new companions!


Sending people here seeds ensures they never truly die out :)
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Sep 11, 2014 9:50 PM CST
Heh heh heh...
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Feb 16, 2015 10:58 PM CST
Now that I gave seeds this year more people will grow these Giants :)
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Mar 11, 2015 10:01 PM CST
I can't wait to see how these turn out for me!! (well, truthfully, I just can't wait to plant something, ANYTHING, at this point... Blinking )
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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: United States of America Winter Sowing Plays in the sandbox Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers Tomato Heads
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keithp2012
Mar 12, 2015 1:03 PM CST
Weedwhacker said:I can't wait to see how these turn out for me!! (well, truthfully, I just can't wait to plant something, ANYTHING, at this point... Blinking )


When you do feel free to share photos!
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Mar 12, 2015 6:42 PM CST
Absolutely, Keith -- just don't be holding your breath, remember I'm in the Michigan upper peniinsula!! Hilarious!
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