Gesneriads forum: The two sides to a chimera

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Name: Alyssa Blue
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AlyssaBlue
Mar 20, 2017 6:46 AM CST
Recently, I noticed my violet I purchased last year had an out of control sucker. I pulled it out of the pot, used a knife to cut the plant where the sucker met the main plant, and put them both into pots.

The plant on the top had the most roots after splitting and seemed sort of "untouched". The one on the bottom of the photo had smaller roots so I wasn't sure how it would do.

I find it really interested to see how it divided, because neither of these plants looks like the original plant I bought last year. Fun!


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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Mar 20, 2017 5:58 PM CST
Oh my, how interesting! The little one is pretty but WOW, the big one is really amazing! Lovey dubby

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Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Mar 25, 2017 9:16 PM CST
Do you have photos of the original plant? Odd that the larger plant wouldn't look like the original plant! I don't think it is surprising to have different plants in one pot. Pretty sure these are often seed grown and easy for seed to get mixed. Cool that you separated them out!
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Name: Alyssa Blue
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AlyssaBlue
Mar 29, 2017 4:17 PM CST
Here it is when I brought it home last year. Seemed more blue in the background? I don't know the background of chimera, but it was interesting that the veriegated flower ended up being what I thought was a sucker. I wish I would've taken a photo right before I divided it because it would connect the dots. The plant appeared to be two plants squished into the same pot, with the sides up against each other, leaves raised in the air. (Unfortunately the red/pink violet in this photo did not make it, not sure why.)

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Here is another photo below, that I just took of all my violets, who seem very happy! The two plants I've referred to in this post, are front left, and back right. The two white flowering plants were originally one plant, which I divided at the same time I divided the chimera. And the pink has darkened over the last year. I don't know the names of any of the violets, haven't tried. But I did just place a mail order for some more that will arrive tomorrow, and I will know their names! These little violets are addicting....

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Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Mar 29, 2017 5:05 PM CST
Really cool!! I tip my hat to you.

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