Orange abutilon babies

abutilon orange

The abutilon seedlings grown from seed collected last year have started to bloom. I collected the seeds randomly from the plants and have about 30 seedlings growing along. Some are strong and others less so but the biggest (about 20cm high) have started to flower and it is interesting that so far they are all orange. Does this mean that  orange-flowered plants grow most strongly? Or that all the seedlings will be orange? It is too early to tell but all six are different so far and it will be difficult to decide which are the best and deserve to be kept and which should be allowed to die when winter comes. I don’t know yet but a couple are as good as the parents and most are darker on the outside of the petals and paler inside. I like the one with darker veins and reddish centre. But what about that oddity with narrow petals and a starry shape? I think it is a bit of a runt and probably not worth keeping but it does hold its flowers (well all two of them so far) almost upright so looks very different. At the moment it is a keeper but I will see how it grows.

Is this good or just different?

Is this good or just different?

This one has big flowers and I think it is a keeper

This one has big flowers and I think it is a keeper

 

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