Is Vivid Choi a Frank Morton creation? Frank is unlikely to mistake the species, though it is possible of course. Why not email him and ask? I've done so before regarding other things. He seems happy to answer queries about his work. I notice though that a lot of sellers describe it as 'wonderfully mild and sweet'. Makes me wonder whether perhaps you've received a mixed up seed lot. You could always try a fresh batch of seeds direct from Frank and see if there's a difference.
Last Edit: Nov 13, 2015 23:47:55 GMT -5 by raymondo
Ray Silty loam over clay, pH 5.5, altitude 1000m, latitude 30deg south, 150 frost free days.
Post by philagardener on Nov 14, 2015 15:50:09 GMT -5
rowan , I am intrigued by the bulbous bases on your plants (looking at the image you posted on your blog a while ago at garden-larder.blogspot.com/2013/11/vivid-choi.html ). Was that part edible? If it isn't typical (for the strain) maybe you had some crossing in your stock?
philagardener, Only about a quarter of the plants produce those bulbs which are milder in flavour than the leaves. I am guessing that it is typical as I have planted seeds from both the Wild Garden website and some seeds from Holly and both lots showed some bulbing. Since the leaves are so strong in taste I have wondered whether I might try selecting for larger coloured bulbs as the main edible part or just not grow them again at all. I suppose that now I have more space I might try selecting and see what comes of it.