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White Cotyledons on One Seedling

My AP students are growing fast plants, and one of them got this for one of her planters.  The seeds were taken from a random pool that has both purchased seeds and seeds cultivated from past classes.  I don’t have any information on the underlying cause of the lack of color in this plant.  So I pose her question to you all… “What’s the deal?”



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  1. There are albino trees, that sprout off of a mother tree or somehow pull nutrients from other trees. I wonder if there is any way you could somehow get the plant to take up a sugar solution as an energy source…..hmmmmmm

    Influence of Sugars on the Growth of Albino Plants
    L. Knudson and E. W. Lindstrom
    American Journal of Botany , Vol. 6, No. 10 (Dec., 1919), pp. 401-405
    Published by: Botanical Society of America
    Article Stable URL:

    Growth Behavior of Green and Albino Plants of Episcia cupreata “Pink Brocade” In vitro
    Chee-Kok Chin
    In Vitro , Vol. 16, No. 10 (Oct., 1980), pp. 847-850
    Published by: Society for In Vitro Biology
    Article Stable URL:

  2. This happens once in a while…..the real question/challenge is how would you establish a line of these plants? It would be cool if you could figure it out. 😉

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