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Subject: Re: Two-toned Crepe Myrtle Date: 7/25/2008 6:54 PM
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Those pictures are crazy -- not what I was expecting. Are there still some all-red clusters or is the entire plant all two-toned?

It's been a long time since I've taken a plant generics course, but I have no idea what's going on if the entire plant has turned two-toned. If it's just a cluster of two-toned flowers that can all be traced back to a single branch, then the simple explanation is that there was a mutation in that branch that lead to two-toned flowers.

Seeds from the two-toned flowers could produce plants with two-toned flowers (as well as solid red and solid white plants) depending on what the mutation was that causes the variety). A better way to keep the line going would be to root branches cut above the initial mutation (although I have no idea how hard it is to make cuttings from myrtles).

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