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?”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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