Can Variegated Plants Revert?

You have probably heard that variegated plants can revert back to a common version of itself. For example, a Monstera Deliciosa albo can definitely be green after some time. The variegation isn’t advantageous for the plant, so it’s not something that will be stable. Unless, we’re talking about the Monstera Thai Constellation.

What To Do When Your Variegated Plant Reverts?

Simple, you cut where the variegation ends. Once you do this, new plants will grow from the nodes, and have a higher likelihood of continuing the variegation.

Philodendron Rios or Brasils are plants that you will most likely do this for. Occasionally, some vines start to revert, and you all of a sudden have a ton of pure green leaves. With no more green/cream stripes. In the end, you get two plants, a philodendron hederaceum and a philodendron rio/brasil. Win win right?!

Can reverted plants get their variegation back?

Short answer, no. It’s common for plants to lose their variegation because it isn’t an advantageous trait. However, it’s rare for a plant to spontaneous variegate because it’s just not an ideal survival trait.

Plant stores are selling reverted plants and they still have variegation

Some great plant stores like Steve’s Leaves and Gabriella Plants do sell variegated plants under reverted plants because the low variegation doesn’t meet their standards for what a syngonium podophyllym albo or pink princess philodendron should be. If you receive one that still has their variegation, congratulations! That’s a great buy, still… truly reverted plants will not have any variegation on it. We are just lucky that SL and GP are incredible stores.

Variegated plants are highly sought after and are very expensive. I hope this helps you in your purchasing decisions and how to properly maintain variegation on your plants! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me on

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