Titanopsis calcarea - The Red One
My blog of May 21, 2013 was about two titanopsis seedlings I found with red coloration in their leaves. The seed came from my own plants but the pollination was uncontrolled. Basically, one of my titanopsis plants formed a fruit with no pollination help from me. I have no idea what the father plant was, but it was likely another titanopsis. I collected the fruit and planted the seed. This resulted in about a group of seedlings, including several that were a reddish color. I potted them up, placing the two red seedlings in a single pot. It was my guess that the red color came from stress, because I placed the original pot of seedlings in my over-wintering frames and they were in a lot of sun and didn't get watered regularly.
After I rediscovered them last spring I gave them better care, basically more water, and they grew well over the summer. They went back into the over-wintering frames for the past winter. Once again this spring the red color is still there and the plant is quite attractive. This could still be due to stress as life in the over-wintering frames this past winter was very dry, but with a lot of sun. It's a pretty Titanopsis calcarea and I thought I would show it off again. Perhaps I can do some pollinating when it flowers this year and see if I can find something interesting in the resulting seedlings.