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Name: Carol
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Aug 17, 2017 4:16 PM CST
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I understand cross pollination affect seedlings, and sucker from grafted plants can revert to the root, but this is something I've never seen before. I've had the red Ixora for years...the gold one is only about 3 years old. Could one (or both) be reverting seedlings after all this time?
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Aug 17, 2017 4:45 PM CST
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DaisyI
Aug 17, 2017 5:02 PM CST
You shouldn't have put the pots so close together. Its hard to say what's been going on while your back was turned. Smiling
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Aug 17, 2017 6:23 PM CST
Well, confetti flowers would be ok, I suppose, but I still want to know how that came to be. Confused
Name: Sharon Rose
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Aug 17, 2017 6:39 PM CST
Carol, I have a single red knockout planted close but not touching a double pink knockout. One year the colors on a lot of the individual flowers were split in half. Half pink and half red, it was pretty cool. I wondered how that could be. Never figured it out. I hope someone has an answer for you. It would be interesting to know. In my case that has never happened again. It will be interesting to find out if yours is a permanent change or not. Your Ixora plants are gorgeous!

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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Aug 17, 2017 6:45 PM CST
I'm hoping someone more versed in plant genetics will chime in here! Just when you think you know it all, Mother Nature throws you a curve!
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Leftwood
Aug 18, 2017 10:39 AM CST
DaisyI said:You shouldn't have put the pots so close together. Its hard to say what's been going on while your back was turned. Smiling


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Assuming red is the dominant color for ixora, this is a possible outcome (obviously). The reason is known for some plants and is an enigma for others. This depends on the genetics of the species, stability of the form (in this case, yellow) and other factors, and whether the anomaly has even been studied. My best guess (and only a guess) is that it is caused by some quirky environmental factor or combination of factors. As time goes on, the likely outcomes are either (1) the plant will return to growing all yellow next season, or (2) the confetti will become more prominent until eventually the plant is all red.

Since I don't know the true cause, if you want it to stay yellow, the safest scenario is to cut out any of the branches that have red flowers. The earlier the better.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Aug 18, 2017 12:07 PM CST
Enigma is the operative word, I think. I may just leave things as they are to see what happens. Curious minds want to know. Smiling

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