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 Post subject: Changing color
PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 8:27 pm 
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Here is my white phlox which for the past three years has been turning pink/lavender/mauve? ( I really don't know what color to call this.)

This phlox was entirely white at one time.

Why is it doing this and can I do anything to stop it from changing.

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I don't really know, but it seems to me I've read that those are self-sown seedlings. If you are really careful about dead-heading it might help.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 9:13 am 
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This plant does not self sow as far as I know. It's a perennial. Any other suggestions.
I thought perhaps as the white phlox gets older it might change colors.


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One of the most likely reasons is self sown seedling. Just because it is perennial does not mean it will not self sow. It might not do it very often, mine don't, but if conditions were right one year??
The other possibility is that there was another variety stuck in the pot when it was potted at the nursery, very small perhaps that has taken a while to get growing and big enough to flower.
Possible that a shoot developed a sport (variation from the original) that has got stronger and stronger. Unlikely and I don't know how likely phlox are to do that.
If you want to get it back to white i would suggest you tape round shoots that you know are white, dig them up in the winter or spring and bin the rest.
I got a phlox in a pot like that. It was Phlox Natascka which is blue and white but had some pure white in. Probaly contamination with another variety so i just had to carefully lever out the white flowered shoots.

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I have a sport branch on a Hebe shrub which always flowers a different colour. In this case, and probably in yours too, the sport appears to revert to the natural species colour.


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To GeoffH, I posted my problem with my white phlox almost a year ago. (note original topic)

I took Geoff' advice advice and sectioned off the white phlox and removed the other color and it worked! That phlox plant it pure white this year. But checking from last year's date the plant is blooming earlier this year (global warming?)

I would have taken a picture to send, but right now we're getting some much needed rain -- my garden is loving it.

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 Post subject: Re: Changing color
PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:56 am 
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Beautiful picture! Have you ever tried preserving them?

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 Post subject: Re: Changing color
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:23 am 
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Hmm, cool advice, geoffhandley.


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