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« on: July 12, 2012, 19:12:55 »

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Being new to this, I was fairly surprised at the rapid changes this Neo had. IF I didn't know better, I wouldn't think it was the same plant. I had posted before and someone thought it was Lambert's Pride, which seemed right.  (Seller thought Sunkissed.)  Anyway, I realize beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but curious what those who have done this for some time prefer.  (can ignore the droopy leaves for this purpose) .  I was thinking I like it now best, but the top down view isn't as nice as before. 

On an unrelated note, do folks just leave the old Neo flower or cut it out or?

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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2012, 20:54:52 »

It does look like Lambert's Pride, Mike. 

I tend to like Neos more compact, and your July photo is starting to show better form, but since it's already bloomed out there, the markings have faded.  If you start the pups under those same conditions, they should look better than either of them. 

As for removing the spent inflorescence-- some do, some don't.  If you're fastidious and don't like a decaying mess, you can cut it out.  I don't bother, at least until it's so far gone that it pops out easily with a gentle tug or a flush with the hose.  To me doing it early looks unnatural, like something's missing.  And of course if I'm using it for breeding I want to wait for the seeds. 
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2012, 22:41:16 »

O, I had known that Neos can blush while flowering, but hadn't realized the colors would ffade like this afterwards.  I thought it was the sun bleaching out the colors.  I was going to bring it inside to see, bt I gather it will just turn more uniformly green?  Mike
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2012, 02:33:25 »

Not green so much as dark and dull.  Before bloom, the brightest hues and boldest color contrast in many Neos tends to be in the new central leaves.  The older outer leaves are generally more dull and indistinct.  After bloom there is no new growth in the center, so the colors and patterns fade with age and start looking like the older leaves.  Of course this will vary depending on the variety.  It's generally much more striking in marmorated Neos and those that have cup color at anthesis than it is with, say, zonates. 

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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2012, 04:04:19 »

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It's generally much more striking in marmorated Neos and those that have cup color at anthesis than it is with, say, zonates.

I'd say that Neo concentrica types seem to have the greatest coloration change at anthesis, more striking than any marmorata types, and more striking than something like 'Blushing Tiger'.
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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2012, 02:03:08 »


I'd say that Neo concentrica types seem to have the greatest coloration change at anthesis, more striking than any marmorata types


That's true for color change at anthesis, Nick, but we're talking about change after anthesis.  Here are just a few marmorated Neos showing the contrast between blooming and vibrant vs. bloomed-out and faded.  Note the difference in appearance of the new pups still attached to mother.

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