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By Lingra

United Kingdom Gb

my "Pieris" - little heath which has green leaves edged with white / silver, has some new growth, some of which has all green leaves. Can a plant such as this change its leaf colour or will its leaves eventually become edged as the main plant.



No they won't, this is what's known as reversion, where a variegated plant suddenly produces all green growth instead. Cut out the branches with the plain green growth on.

15 Jun, 2010


Yes, cut the green shoots out or they will take over the whole plant. They have more chlorophyll and so are stronger than the variegated shoots. My Pieris does this too. I also noticed that only one shoot had flowers on and, yes, you've guessed! It was on the plain green shoot!!

15 Jun, 2010


Thank you both very much for information, we are very grateful, and will follow your advice rightaway.

I looked in our gardening books, of which some are very large works, but I could not find any information regarding this topic, so we are very glad we asked the question.

17 Jun, 2010

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