African violet stability of new strains

Asked October 2, 2019, 5:36 PM EDT

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.

Thomas Walsh

Boulder County Colorado genetics houseplants

1 Response

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.