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Name: Jane
Status: other
Grade: other
Location: VT
Country: N/A
Date: 6/22/2005


Question:
My Morden Centennial shrub rose is producing pale pink blossoms this year. Since it was planted 4 years ago, the flowers have been a much darker medium pink, the characteristic color of this variety. The flowers are being produced from stems from the same canes that previously produced darker flowers.

Why? How can I get back to the original color?

I am a master gardener working to educate the public including children in sound gardening principal. However, I am stumped by this color change.


Replies:
Dear Jane,

There are a few possibilities, but I would be inclined to consider what the soil pH is and whether the variety has a recommended pH for optimal growth.

Jim Tokuhisa


The following might be helpful:

http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/components/6594-02.html

Anthony Brach Ph.D.



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