Q&A – Blossom Stems with Leaves?

Janice asks Annie:

Q Hi Annie,

“My plant of Allegro Appalachian Trail sent up a flower stalk with an added bonus of leaves on the stem.  I’ve never seen this happen before.  Is this normal for a trailer?  What would happen if I cut it and put it into soil?”

Allegro Appalachian Trail Showing Leaves on the Flower Stalk
Allegro Appalachian Trail Showing Leaves on the Flower Stalk
A Hi Janice,

It doesn’t happen all the time, but some varieties do have leaves on the blossom stems!  It’s normal for both trailers and single-crown plants.  you absolutely can attempt propagation with it. I have not had  any luck with this method but many folks do.  It is widely used to propagate chimeras that will not come true from a propagated leaf (that’s why they are so spendy!)  Here is a link to an article on The Violet Barn website that talks about propagating by blossom stem.  

Small leaves on a blossom stem are sometimes confused with suckers – they are NOT suckers.  That’s one of the reasons why the Judge’s Handbook says that we must wait until we see four leaves before identifying a sucker.  

I hope this helps,   Annie  :-)

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