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Last year my heathers were a lovely deep rose colour. this year they look very pale and insipid and are almost white. The soil is ericaceous and we can grow camellias and azaleas etc. Any idea why?



Very often they spray the heather flowers with different coloured paints. They are really white, but they do it in order to sell them.
After the 'painted' flowers fade, the next ones that open will show their real colour ... and that's what I suspect is the case with your plants.

8 Dec, 2013


That would be my thought too...

8 Dec, 2013


if not painted then it could be that they were given a feed to enhance the colour. have you given them a high ericaceous feed this year? if not then perhaps that is why they are pale.
had they been sprayed then the foliage surely would have been sprayed too. they are not overly careful.

8 Dec, 2013


Weird looking things.

8 Dec, 2013


It's like putting make-up on plants :-(

8 Dec, 2013


It is totally daft Andrew and I have not got a clue why it is doneā€¦ Can't do the plant any good at all!

8 Dec, 2013


It's the bright blue ones I hate!

9 Dec, 2013


I bought a pink one some years ago before I knew about them being painted, but it died, and who can blame it?
I hate the blue ones as well Melchi.

10 Dec, 2013

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