Ask a Question forum: Calandrinia spectabilis leaves turned pink/orange in hot summer

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Nkapgar
Oct 12, 2017 9:03 AM CST
Why would this beautiful Calandrinia spectabilis, planted about 2 years ago, start turning such strange colors? It was fine in June, but when the weather started getting hot, the leaves morphed into spotted, pink/orange color. Watering is done twice a week with micro-irrigation spray heads, which only water in 2 spots on either side of the large plant. I suspect either the hot weather and 90 plus degree days or over watering. The plant has also pretty much stopped blooming. The off-color has lasted for the whole period of hot weather. This has happened each summer, and then I severely cut it back.
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tarev
Oct 12, 2017 9:14 AM CST
Hello Nkapgar, the plant is transitioning to its cool season growing time. Blooming time is over, it will return in Spring. Just enjoy the transitional color change. Overnights are cooling down, daytime light is shortening, and it likes a bit more stepped up watering this time. I actually enjoy the color changing it does, brought about by stress factors, but it endures so well.

You still have some bloom stalks with blooms there, just let it finish it off. Once the stalks dry out, trim them down.

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