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Old 06-24-2013, 10:16 PM
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Default Pachypodium lamerei variegated

I thought I would share some pictures of my variegated Pachypodium lamerei that I found a few years ago. A friend of mine actually found it in a batch of seedlings that he grew. I have seen a picture in a book of a similar one. If anyone has pictures of another variegated Pachypodium I would love to see it.
I wish there was someone out there that could TC this plant. I'm sure it would be popular as a garden specimen. The leaves come out golden yellow and slowly turn darker green, and slowly revealing the four separate colors in the leaf pattern.

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Old 06-26-2013, 11:03 AM
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I have one Brent, that has those narrow flat leaves..that turn black in winter. Evergreen,just turn black in the cool winters here without any frost. My others have the more Plumeria like leaves,never turn any color. I was told years ago that the dark leafs are a distinct form. I never have found out if that was true.
And -sure,no doubt- go ahead and send me a cutting.
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Old 06-26-2013, 03:59 PM
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I have tried a few cutting from the top branches and had no luck. I even put rooting hormone and a fungicide to seal the cut from fungus/rot. Any suggestions? Anyone out there successful rooting sutting...I would love the advice/help on how to do it better.

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Old 06-26-2013, 09:18 PM
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Brent over the years I have found reluctant rooters to react to bottom heat mats better then any powders. Crank it up to 80-or maybe 90f,use 100% perlite (new and sterile). If that works..I will accept one as my reward!
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:03 AM
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...or maybe grafting the branch to a normal P. lamerei would help, if they won't root?
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:49 PM
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I suspect that this fine specimen is suffering from one of the mosaic viruses. If the strain could be isolated and cultivated, then innoculation of normally healthy plants might create more of the same.

I have hear "stories" of smokers/chewers contaminating cuttings only to have some "mosaic virus" expression in the new cuttings. Infection appears to be the only explanation. Tobacco mosaic virus "TMV" persists in tobacco post processing for chewing tobacco and cigarettes.

The hort industry purposefully uses mosaic viruses to effect variegation in a wide variety of plants.
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:48 PM
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If one planted the virus affected plant, would that bribg contamination into yout soil? This could be a very dumb question but it was not covered in my Art history classes.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:18 PM
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I don't know about that being a virus. I've seen the Papaya mosaic and it made the plants even look sick. Brent's looks much like any real variegation such as the Monstera's out there or Eric in Orlando's Ficus species he posted on Hardy Palm Board recently.
If I was him,I treat it like a rare treasure- at least until it shows up at Walmart in 2025.
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Old 06-28-2013, 05:14 PM
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And Brent?,You got one hellava friend!. Don't forget the Christmas card!
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Yikes, I didn't know I have a diseased plant. I do hope it's contagious and quickly spreads to all my aloes and cycads.

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Old 07-01-2013, 12:26 PM
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Yikes, I didn't know I have a diseased plant. I do hope it's contagious and quickly spreads to all my aloes and cycads.

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Brent - Yes. Diseased beyond repair. Better send it my direction to see if can cure it

Sure wouldn't be concerned if it is one of the many Mosaic virus infections. There are SO MANY plants out there from Camelias to Tulips that are purposefully infected.. Hostas too. Not a problem unless it is one that is showing significant pathological signs.
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