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Name: John
Thibodaux, La. (Zone 9a)
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anole
Sep 24, 2017 1:14 PM CST
I planted several Jatropha seeds and had good success with them growing. One of the seedlings has this whitish coloration as opposed to the regular green. Will this "whitish" plant actually grow and what is the cause of this. Thanks

Anole

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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Sep 24, 2017 6:00 PM CST
John, they sure are pretty and it appears that one particular plant has not photosynthesized properly and totally lacks chlorophyll. I'm not sure what nutrient deficiency might cause that and I hope others who are more knowledgeable will pop in soon with some ideas but unfortunately I doubt the pretty white Jatropha will survive.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Sep 24, 2017 6:05 PM CST
I've never seen that happen , but from reading, the plant can't survive without chlorophylle, so the short answer is NO, it won't survive.
Name: John
Thibodaux, La. (Zone 9a)
Cactus and Succulents Butterflies
anole
Sep 24, 2017 6:25 PM CST
Lin and Carol, thanks for your input, I will keep it and watch its progress or lack of. It has a beauty of its own though.

John Thank You!
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Sep 24, 2017 6:38 PM CST
It is beautiful so I say enjoy it for as long as it does survive!
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