Managing conflicting desires in a garden plant; the case of the variegated daylily
Summary, in English
Horticulturists have learned that the daylily itself strives to counteract the change that the mutation entails. In order for the plant to maintain its appearance, human efforts with repeated division and propagation of the desirable white-striped shoots is required, otherwise the leaves will eventually become completely green. Unlike many other garden plants, "Kwanso Variegata" has not been deliberately modified by humans through breeding. To preserve these qualities, generated by a natural mutation, the care needs to manage the fact that the plant slowly strives to return to its original appearance. This example shows that a horticulturist must relate to the plants' own processes and agencies. The interaction with garden plants and care for their maintenance, can thus also include conflict with the plant's own agencies. The daylily is striving to get away from the very qualities that gardeners, in Småland and elsewhere, have seen as particularly interesting.
- Institutionen för tjänstevetenskap
- Human Geography
The 8th Nordic Geographers Meeting
2019-06-16 - 2019-06-19