My phlox are turning white

flwrzSeptember 7, 2006

I'm hoping you will help an inexperienced gardener...

I had quite a few lavendar-pink garden phlox in my border and enjoyed the drifts of color. Three years ago (not realizing the effects of cross-pollination), I made the mistake of planting a white phlox nearby, and the following year had a whole lot more white phlox than pink. When I saw what was happening, I gave away the white phlox I had planted, but this year the remaining plants still have way more white blooms than pink ones. Is there anything I can do to restore the original color? If I have to replant, are there bright pink varieties that are more likely to remain true in color? Thank you for any advice you can give me.


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happyhoe(z6 OH)

If Oprah and Ellen moved in nextdoor to each other would they both turn into Micheal Jackson? No.

Planting a white phlox next to a pink phlox will not turn the pink phlox white. Most likely you are allowing your phlox to reseed and the offspring are not true to type. Mark your pink phlox divide it and weed out all of the offtype volunteers.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2006 at 10:02AM
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