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Bright starBright star Wrea GreenPosts: 1,120

I sowed some Statice Sinuata seeds last week and excluded light as directed. i removed the dark cover as soon as the leaves started to appear but was surprised to see that they were bright red. They are fading now but wondered why they were that colour. It's the same compost mix that I've used for all my seedlings JI seedling mixed with perlite and vermiculite on top. 

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,367

    sunlight needed to make the green stuff (chlorophyll)

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    Nut is spot on.  Red is one colour of plant tissue before chlorophyll is produced.  That's also why leaves often turn red in autumn as the chlorophyll breaks down.

    Last edited: 13 February 2017 18:45:30

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  • Bright starBright star Wrea GreenPosts: 1,120

    Thx guys, they are gradually greening up, just got a shock when I took the cover off, other seeds that needed the dark to germinate were the usual colour.

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