Intuitively, what you are saying should hold true -- less chlorophyll => less solar energy production for the plant. Of course the breeders who are hoping to eventually sell these things are rather cagey about making that kind of declaration.JayPoc wrote:I'm thinking this through....the white areas clearly are devoid of chlorophyll. This means no photosynthesis happens in those regions. Do those plants grow and produce as well as no variegated?
Have you notice Cream sausage doing this? We have planted Green Sausage in every garden we've had. It's a rambler. Wispy foliage that isn't happy being tied up onto stakes. I was thinkin of trying it in a hanging basket or a bucket, but it just gets so hot here, and I get super lazy with watering things like that with the regularity they require. I have some seed from last year. I may try it. Btw, green sausage is the man's favorite! And they look so cool! They would be so happy in your container gardens!!!I'm also growing naturally hanging basket type varieties with stems that tend to hang down rather than try to gro upwards.
Cream Sausage in White Sauce Garden hanging basket --
...now let's see if I can upload some pictures as attachments. I need the higher res stuff so you can zoom in and see details. If I can't right now, I have to wait until Flickr fixes the Bad Panda problem they've been having since yesterday.applestar wrote:THANK YOU!nltaff wrote:Everything looks so beautiful! Wondering, how did you get rid of the mite infestation on the tomatoes?
Mites -- Pest mites are my nemesis. Overwintered tomatoes and lately even seedlings started in late winter when the mites are at their worst due to heat-dried indoor air are infested with one kind of mite or other. One year, I had (never before seen or heard of) two-spotted mites on a tomato in one bedroom, nowhere else. I tried to save it but couldn't. After that, I realized I had better things to do with my time than to try to kill invisible pests and save the plants.
Even before that, the quintessential houseplant pest -- red spider mites -- had been an occasional problem. And every single time, if I could just keep the plants alive until it was warm enough in spring, all I had to do was to acclimate and put them outside, and they recovered. Now I have TRM's (Tomato Russet Mites) and possibly Broad Mites, too? I can't see them without going to the trouble of using the microscope or other magnifying gear? BAH forget it.
~~ If I can just get them out where they can be found, the Invisible Garden Patrol will get to work, eradicating the near-invisible pests. ~~
It's the same for these tomato plants. Once hardened off and planted in the ground, most of them will turn around. It's the ones that are still in tiny seed starting containers that are still suffering. Too much stress and I think the appropriate Garden Patrol can't find them as easily. I do put the seedling flats on the ground among flowers that they like, and I was trying to uppot them and turn them around and get them to grow back enough to plant, but I'm seeing signs that that's a wrong way of thinking. They won't turn around unless I plant them in the ground. Some I planted as nothing left but sticks are now starting to re-grow.
~~ This is why I won't use pesticides of any kind unless for very limited use with limited group of plants. I don't know what I'm doing, but THEY DO. ~~
I planted a few more "nothing left but sticks" We shall see.... If the humid/muggy season with accompanying fungal issues, and high temps and drought will hold off a little longer, they might be able to make it even if they have been considerably set back. Once they settle in after planting and the root system find good soil and earthworms and the rest of the soil foodweb become integrated and established, hopefully they will take off.
Wow, it certainly transformed into a healthy plant from that little seedling. Looks great.applestar wrote:This one is someone else's cross breeding project -- Orange Pixie x Orange Strawberry F3. The last of several seedlings I tried to grow fought off the TRM attack after having been reduced to this tiny seedling in the inset photo. I wonder what characteristics it will turn out to have?...
...with chamomile, catnip, and nasturtium as companions, it should get plenty of protection from the Garden Patrol.