Cyclamen - why are the pink flowers turning white?

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    So I bought a couple of potted cyclamen plants a month or so ago - one had flowers of a partially light pink/white colour, the other had flowers that were a much deeper pink and white.

    Now though the flowers are almost completely white, both older ones and new buds.

    I'm certain that they weren't dyed, so maybe the plants are lacking some nutrient? I only water them as required (but not too much) and they looking pretty healthy.
     
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    Light and lack of certain nutrients in the compost. Having flowered, the next season should present them as normal. Colours available, include, pink shades, red, white and yellow. Some have frilled petals.
     
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      I have/have had them n all colours, including striped and frilly, except yellow and have that on my list to get.
       
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        Thank you. So with the right nutrients should I be able to get them back to their original shades of pink?
         
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        Probably not this season. Once died down and then regrown next time, they should be back to normal. What might be termed colour pigmentation in the petals of some flowers, can at times react to various levels/strengths of light especially sunlight. Similar colour changes are often found with. Lilium Stargazer. Here the question, 'Can lilies change colour? Simple answer is NO. The DNA holds the codes for the plant. This can only be changed via GM (Gene Modification) Hope this helps.
         
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          Just try stronger light levels, I'm guessing they have a way to go yet until they die down at the end of winter.
           
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          Thanks to both of you, I appreciate the replies. Okay, I'll leave it and see how things go. Are there any particular nutrients that I should be feeding it?
           
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          I dont actually feed mine, I think they prefer to struggle a bit regarding nutrient.
          A cool but airy atmosphere is best, they hate being used as a houseplant, most houses are too warm.
           
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            Going through my photos, I found a few pictures of some of mine ...

            Cyclamen 4 Feb 08.jpg

            Cyclamen 10 Feb 09.JPG

            They are okay outside here in the winter and have even seeded themselves in the ground beneath. :spinning:
             
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              Thanks, very nice photos, yours look a lot better than mine. :)
               
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