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Pieris Forest Flame turned pale red

Loz46Loz46 Posts: 103
I recently bought a Pieris Forest Flame about two weeks ago, and it’s been sat in its pot for about two weeks in a fairly sunny spot. I noticed a couple of days ago that the red leaves have gone very washed out in colour, if anyone can tell me why that would be much appreciated.
We obviously had the hot weather over the easter bank holiday, perhaps I didn’t water it as much as it needed?

Many thanks


  • Hello Loz46, your Pieris Forest Flame's leaves burst bud as bright red, fade to pale pink then slowly turn green as they mature. Your baby is growing up. New red leaf growth next Spring.

    (If the leaves that are already dark green should  start to pale check underneath the leaves for tiny 3mm bugs with a black cross marking on their wings - they can suck the life out of Pieris. Spray with permitted control that has fatty acids).

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,366
    If it's staying in a pot, move it out of the sun. They do better with some shade. If they're in the ground, they can cope with sun much better.
    The changing colour is normal, as already said. Those pale leaves will gradually become green.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Mine likes a cup of tea now and then. No, really. The last cold, stewed dribble from the teapot, or the soggy leaves sprinkled from the torn tea bags, in between fortnightly seaweed feed....cheer it up no end. Yeah, I do chat to my plants when we share tea  

  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,248
    Panic not.
    This is perfectly normal.
    That is why people love this spring it starts with bright red new leaves which then change colour and eventually they turn green.
    Just scroll down these pics to see what it can look like as it grows.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Loz46Loz46 Posts: 103
    Thank you so much to everyone!! I am pleased to say that I found time to plant it yesterday in a west facing position which has hopefully a good mix of sun and shade for it.
    Fingers crossed, and thanks again! :-)
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