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By Strawb

Derbyshire, United Kingdom Gb

my variegated laurel has gone completely green how can I get it to variegate again



Not easily - these plants do sometimes revert to plain green, and usually, as soon as an all green shoot appears, it should be cut out at the base immediately - sounds as if yours has been allowed to develop plain green shoots which have been left to grow on - they are always more vigorous than the original variegated ones, and so end up taking over the bush. Inspect carefully to see if any variegated growth remains anywhere - if so, remove all green growth back to where it's coming from, leaving just the variegated, then keep an eye and remove plain green growth immediately it appears.

3 May, 2010


Thanks. I've inspected it already but can't find any signs of variegated growth. It's also growing very spindly, so I was thinking of cutting it right back and see if that does anything. If all else fails I'll just have to live with a totally green Laurel!

3 May, 2010


If you don't mind it being plain green, then fine, but if you're not keen, I'd cut it back and see what happens, specially if its a bit thin and spindly.

3 May, 2010


I'll give it a try - if anything at least it will make it bushier. Cheers.

3 May, 2010

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