As a garden writer, I hear about new products all the time. I get to test some pretty cool products. I try to share things that I read about (and read) with you so that you can see and hear about the “latest and greatest” as soon as possible as well.
This time you all have the ability to influence whether this product will even occur.
And full disclosure here: this is a GMO plant, so for those of you that do not approve of this sort of thing, you can stop reading now.
Two scientists have developed a color changing petunia. For more of how this works–and to fund their campaign and to possibly obtain a plant for yourself if one becomes available in the US in the future–take a look here.
Again, a reminder–while this seems so avant garde–a flower that will change color for me any time I want it to? Let’s think about this sensibly for a moment folks. Yes, this flower changes color much faster than many of the flowers in our gardens.
But haven’t may of us been manipulating the colors of our hydrangeas, either subtly, with natural sources, or with chemical fertilizers? That helps put things in perspective, I think.
And ethanol has been used as a ripening agent in the trade for some time. My long time readers may recall when I talk about bulbs I warn not to store them in the refrigerator near apples or onions because of ethanols. So this really is a perfectly natural process.
I will leave it up to you to decide for yourselves.