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Reversion

Symptoms

Variegated leaves are caused by natural mutations, but these mutations aren't always a stable, permanent feature, and the plant might try to revert to the original, all-green leaves.

Find it on: any variegated plant
Time to act: all year round

Overview

Sometimes shoots appear on previously plain-leaved plants with attractive variegations, and these can then be propagated by nurserymen to make a new plant. But the new variegated plant might try to revert to all-green foliage because the mutation isn't stable. If left, this all-green growth, which will be more vigorous than the variegated kind, will take over the plant.


Solution

Variegated leaves are caused by natural mutations, but these mutations aren't always a stable, permanent feature, and the plant might try to revert to the original, all-green leaves.

Organic

The only solution is to cut back any all-green growth to leave just the desired variegated foliage.




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richard beaney 10/07/2015 at 13:49

I have an oleander, and when buds appear they tend to shrivel up and never revert to flowers. The leaves tend to go brown and drop. Can anyone advise?

Ceres 10/07/2015 at 17:56

Bumping up the list.

nutcutlet 10/07/2015 at 19:20

I think your thread title is misleading Richard. I see you've had lots of views but no help. I haven't a clue about oleanders so can't help there. This is not reversion. Reversion is when a fancy cultivated plant reverts (ie goes back) to its original form.

Try a title like 'Buds and leaves shrivelling on oleander' you may get more help

Bellasalla 17/07/2015 at 13:33

Just on the question pruning and cutting back shrubs at this time. I have a number of clematis one flowered and is finished, and the other is flowering now. When should I prune?
Bellasalla

Fairygirl 17/07/2015 at 13:39

Bella - like Richard it would be best to start a new thread for your query as people won't look here  if the thread title is not  of interest and will not see your question.

That said, it depends on the type of clematis you have. Some need no pruning while the bulk of them are done in late winter or spring. Do you know what varieties you have? Same applies with shrubs - many are pruned after flowering and others need pruning in late winter and  so on.