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White/Pink Crepe Myrtle

Posted by kentuck_8b __ (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 15, 11 at 13:49

I took 4 cuttings from a white blooming crepe myrtle a couple of years ago or so and every one has now bloomed, but has pink flowers.

I guess I don't understand the genetic processes involved, but I would tend to think that the blooms should also be white, like the parent plant. It should be a genetic clone.

Can anyone explain this to me or have any idea as to why the blossom colour has changed, other than minerals in the soil?

Kt


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RE: White/Pink Crepe Myrtle

There is nothing in the literature (that I have) says the flowers change color (as from white to pink). no mention that a mineral or change in pH changes flower color... & propagating from cuttings insures that flower color (etc) will be the same SO>>>>you must have gotten cuttings from a pink flower crepe myrtle


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RE: White/Pink Crepe Myrtle

Thanks, yiorges.

Kt


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RE: White/Pink CrApe Myrtle

Actually, it's pretty common to see pink(ish) blooms form on certain normally white blooming crApe myrtles. Multiple factors may be present, but weather (and weather timing) is one commonly mentioned. 'Whit VI' (Burgundy Cotton) is one example of a cultivar well known for this phenomenon.

Here is a link that might be useful: Carl Whitcomb's Crapes (see description for Burgundy Cotton)


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RE: White/Pink Crepe Myrtle

Kentuck 8B, did your crepe myrtle cuttings root easily? Also, what propagation setup did you use for rooting? I really want to acquire a purple variety that a neighbor has but I have not decided on how to build my indoor propagation system yet.

EV


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