African violet stability of new strains
A number of years ago I spoke with the owner of a plant store that specialized in African violets. He told me that, for a new strain of African violet to be considered stable it must remain the same (yellow flowers, for example) for a certain amount of generations of cloning. My question: Do you have a link or other information on what exactly the standards are to be sure of stability?
Thank you in advance for your reply.
Boulder County Colorado
Thank you for your question. The answer lies in the study of plant genetics and hybridization, largely attributed to the seminal work of Gregor Mendel (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregor_Mendel). His research indicated that the stability is established after 4-5 generations. Here is his paper: http://cs.brown.edu/people/rblumber/MendelWeb/Mendel.plain.html Hope this is helpful.