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    It has recently come to my attention that there are two different populations of adelae in cultivation. One is the green/reddish leafed plant offered by Home Depot etc. The other clone has very narrow leaves and can turn deep red under good lighting. This clone grows with lots of sun in its habit. Does anyone cultivate the second clone?

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    I have the second clone, but so far it has not offset for me. When it does I will remember you are seeking it. There are also pink and white flowered clones which I am looking for as well.



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    D'Amato mentions in The Savage Garden that white flowered clones of D.adelae often change to red flowered forms. Maybe it has something to do with the soil mix or something else...

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    That sounds like quite a reversion! Well, I hope I have the chance to answer this question :-)
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    Hmmm...I wonder if that is like roses reverting back to their wild rose "heart."

    I also wonder if that is what Martin has. I remember his photo of his adelae and it had long thin leaves and was very red. Whichever it was, it was a beautiful plant.

    Too bad those varieties aren't readily available.

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    Yes, I think the adelae that Martin showed is the red form. It is said to be much more tolerant of lower humidity and higher lighting. I have also seen this form grown at the botanical garden located at UC Berkeley when I went there a year ago. The plants were growing in long-fibered sphagnum alongside a sarracenia.

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    D'Amato mentions in The Savage Garden that white flowered clones of D.adelae often change to red flowered forms. Maybe it has something to do with the soil mix or something else... [/QUOTE]

    That's quite common in "sports" after all. I've often wondered about the mechanisms involved. I think is a selection deal, with certain growing points "reverting" and being favored by the environment.

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    My understanding of D. adelae is that when the plant is grown in brighter light condtions it turns red and grows more compact with narrow leaves. If its grown in less light, it will stay green and produce large leaves.

    I have 3 D. adelae that had green leaves when purchased but now have turned red. I will check my photos to see if I took a before and after photo.
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