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Why are my white mums turning pink?

Posted by mklady 8 (My Page) on
Fri, Dec 1, 06 at 11:31

I have recently purchased 4 very healthy, large WHITE mums for containers outside. Two of them I planted in the center of some maroonish colored mums. I started noticing that the white ones were slowly changing to PINK. I initially thought that the maroon ones might have had something to do with this, but the other two that I purchased from another source have now started to change colors. What's up with this? Is it the acidity of the soil or something like that? And how do I fix it? I wanted the contrast of the white and maroon but now it looks a mess. Help!

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RE: Why are my white mums turning pink?

I think that is normal, mklady. I have a big white mum in one of my beds. It always starts out yellow and only turns pure white when it is in full bloom. Then it goes through pink and finally to purple (where it is right now) before everything falls off. It made me really nervous the first year but now I kinda enjoy the show.

RE: Why are my white mums turning pink?

Do they have pink spots or turning completely pink? Flower color is affected by temperature, and white roses turn pinkish when the weather turns cooler.

RE: Why are my white mums turning pink?

I had the same surprise this fall, too. White turned to pink. It is my "white and red" area of the garden. So, they will have to be moved to another place next year.

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