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African Violets and Gesneriads: Optimara Texas not blue!

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Phelan, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 18, 2011
10:36 PM

Post #8764064

I just received an Optimara Texas today, and its blooming. Beautiful, healthy plant that is 9 inches across. Only problem is, the blooms it has are pinkish/red, and not blue! Have I been sent the wrong plant, or does this sometimes happen? Thanks.


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Montgomery, AL

August 19, 2011
4:50 AM

Post #8764244

I've had Optimara's that revert back to one of the parents. I don't know the lineage of Texas, but this may be the case. Optimara's seem unstable to me, and can also sport, but I've never had a sport that seems like an improvement. If you do have a nice sport, you could propagate it 3 generations to prove stability and then choose a name and register it. If you search 'Optimara Sports' you should find many out there already. Let some others chime in on this.
Phelan, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 19, 2011
11:45 AM

Post #8764937

Well, I certainly hope it won't KEEP blooming this color, as I ordered it specificially because I wanted blue blooms! I also told the seller that. Originally I had ordered Kentucky, as in the picture, the blooms looked blue, but its listed as having purple blooms, whereas Texas blooms are described as blue. So the seller agreed to send me Texas instead.

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