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    Mike
    you raised an interesting point about Kew though. why are they sooo BAD at growing CP's? they get some nice plants through but they never seem to live very long!

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    Hi Steve,
    Kew have got a new girl working there and she is now doing a fantastic job. Unfortunately for us and the blue leuco, that died before she took over!

    Kew before that virtually wiped out their collection by giving them..... tap water!

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    I know where you can get blue leuco's and even blue roses!...

    First select the plant you want to be blue, then grab a blue marker.... and COLOR!!! INSTANT BLUE PLANT!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Actually Statik may have a point! You guys know how they get blue roses right? They water then with blue food colored water. Well why not water a CP with blue,red,yellow,etc. food colored water!!! It wouldn't hurt them I don't think. All it is is a simple dye. Hmm godd point though eh?!

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    I think that is carnations NepG (though I may be wrong)

    There is actually a blue flowered rose that is not the result of dye. It is of Japenese origin if I remember correctly and was the end result of an attempt to breed black flowered roses. The bloom is actually a very deep indigo (not the electric blue described for the leuco.)

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    So, could it work for the purpose I mentioned? (Yes they are carnation but white roses get it done to them too.)

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    Hi Guys,
    The blue leuco was growing next to standard green & white/red & white plants. The colours in Sarracenia are down to 'anthocyanins'. There is a blue pigment that is found in purpurea subsp. venosa plants from certain locations and it is a genetic factor. A lot of colour forms are from distant hybrid colour introgression and somehow the genes found their way into this particular specimen. If you are like me who likes to collect nearly everything that shows a particular unique feature in a Sarracenia, you look for it whole heartedly!

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    NepG,

    I have no clue as to whethet it would work or not with Sarrs. Could be an interesting science project but I don't have a leuco so...

    Mike,

    Not trying to correct you, just asking because this is something I have always wondered and you seem to know. I though anthocyanin only accounted for the red/purple colour in plants. This always boggled me as I thought the reactive component of anthocyanin was copper which oxidizes blue. Is anthocyanin actually a family of similar structure molecules each with its own colour properties?

    Pyro

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