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dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 19 6:12 pm    Post subject: rocket science  Reply with quote    

my rocket is in a rather sparse sandy soil but as well as having a few really tasty leaves eaten it has put up a few flowers.

most are the usual yellow, are all similar in size and structure etc

one flower spike has a very pale lilac coloured flower with petals 3 times the size of the " normal " ones

A is this usual?
B should i get the blazing torches and pitchforks to slay the monster?
C should i see if it seeds and if it does what grows? that one seems a bit daft from my understanding of pheno vs geno but i will give it a go

rather odd, i have seen oddities before, most are just odd.
iirc single stem aberrations require grafting to propagate them usually, nah not going to happen.

but

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
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Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 19 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wait till a friend comes and check it out on them! If they survive see if you can get seed-you could be onto a serious winner.
Don't tell anyone else more rocket in the same space, could mean a reduced area to be needed for rocket for the same amount of product, and so an increase of other crop plants, and the sale, world wide of the new improved "dpack" rocket variety. I feel I would have to become your business partner in this enterprise, along with the rest of downsizer forum participants, to keep quiet for this season and with the following season to become a bonanza. This second paragraph is only joking.
I would try to get seed if you can, and take it on. If you want, get in touch with the seed suppliers and see how they react, I would imagine they would be keen!

Genes can often change "things" my mother and father both had mouse brown hair. My older brother is a platinum blonde and I am mouse brown. If the 2 parents carried the blonde and mouse brown genes, and the blonde is recessive then the mouse brown takes it even if there is a blonde gene, and it looks as though this was the case for my brother, and the 2 blonde genes getting through. I am mouse brown so it didn't happen for me although I could be carrying the recessive blonde gene, the brown gets it! Sort of related to purple flowers and big leaves, versus the normal yellow and normal size.

On a different note I have to go out early again as the brakes are playing up again on the same wheel as they were before so got to be back at the garage man in half an hour!

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 19 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

if it seeds i will plant em.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 19 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Are you sure it is rocket? I can see rocket producing yellow/ orange/white flowers but unusual to produce a lilac flower from something that is in that colour range.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 19 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the rest of the plant has yellow flowers, one spike was different

however as far as i can see this odd flower has not set seed and it looks about to fall off.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 19 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Very odd. I know a few species can produce a wide range of colours, but wouldn't have thought rocket could.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 19 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rocket's related to radish isn't it? That has lilacy flowers

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 19 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tis rocket, one plant but one odd flower.

i have seen plants where one branch or flower spike is a different colour but don't recall it with rocket, radish or mustard flowers.

wallflowers which are related do it sometimes but they are quite variable if they are a naturalised population rather than named plant from a nursery but i have no idea if the seed from a "rogue " flower would carry the oddness to the next generation

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 19 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Has the odd one set seed, or did it fail to produce? Very odd.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 19 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

fail, so we dont get to try planting it.

hey ho it was odd to see though

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 19 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

So no unusual variety called 'Dpack's Special' then. Another missed opportunity for the Downsizer Community to make a killing.

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