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Floribunda 01-04-2019 12:45 AM

Should it not be Blue?
 
I purchased a packet of Blue Cornflower seeds. First flower to bloom is pink.
Oh well .......

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7880/...d1222a1d_o.jpg

And I am so in love with Blue Tansy at the moment - the bees love it too.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7853/...be48c578_o.jpg

Gautam 01-04-2019 02:40 AM

Re: Should it not be Blue?
 
Very nice shots Lyn. When I used to buy seed packets I always used to get mixed colours whatever the packet says on the cover :-)

greenjeans 01-04-2019 10:47 AM

Re: Should it not be Blue?
 
Nice shots, Lyn. Seems I never get what the packet says.

wolfd 01-04-2019 02:41 PM

Re: Should it not be Blue?
 
Nice shots Lyn.

scoundrel1728 01-04-2019 03:36 PM

Re: Should it not be Blue?
 
Possibilities:
1. Pink is rare recessive gene. See what else blooms to see how common the pink flowers are. If enough plants bloom, you can run a statistical test on how common your pink blossoms are.
2. Environmental factors such as soil pH may change the flower color, such as in pink/blue hydrangeas. (What is the pH of the soil in which you planted these, anyway?)

Floribunda 01-04-2019 06:08 PM

Re: Should it not be Blue?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Gautam (Post 2402025)
Very nice shots Lyn. When I used to buy seed packets I always used to get mixed colours whatever the packet says on the cover :-)

Yes - thank you Gautam.
It can be frustrating at times.

Floribunda 01-04-2019 06:11 PM

Re: Should it not be Blue?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by greenjeans (Post 2402033)
Nice shots, Lyn. Seems I never get what the packet says.

I guess when dealing with many seeds Gene accuracy is a problem. However - most times the manufacturers seem to get it right.

Floribunda 01-04-2019 06:12 PM

Re: Should it not be Blue?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by wolfd (Post 2402042)
Nice shots Lyn.

Thank you Wolf.

Floribunda 01-04-2019 06:17 PM

Re: Should it not be Blue?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by scoundrel1728 (Post 2402045)
Possibilities:
1. Pink is rare recessive gene. See what else blooms to see how common the pink flowers are. If enough plants bloom, you can run a statistical test on how common your pink blossoms are.
2. Environmental factors such as soil pH may change the flower color, such as in pink/blue hydrangeas. (What is the pH of the soil in which you planted these, anyway?)

Now you’re getting technical. :(
In over 50 years of tending and enjoying different gardens in varying locations I have never had the pH tested.
Hit and Miss is much more exciting - the blue flowers will come. ;-)

scoundrel1728 01-05-2019 02:55 PM

Re: Should it not be Blue?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Floribunda (Post 2402052)
Now you’re getting technical. :(
In over 50 years of tending and enjoying different gardens in varying locations I have never had the pH tested.
Hit and Miss is much more exciting - the blue flowers will come. ;-)


Well, yeah, I'm getting technical. Nevertheless, certain soil treatments affect the pH, with some kinds of plants like a more acid soil and others liking an alkaline one. Gypsum, for example, tends to raise the pH as a general rule; peat moss lowers it. No apologies forthcoming from me about being technical, but I also know that some people like surprises more than I do. I like some surprises too, but usually after the fact when things turn out better than expected. ;) I still would be curious to know whether this pink cornflower is a one-off or whether a significant minority - or even a majority - turn out to be pink.


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