My Plant is Too Variegated

What to do when your variegated plant is all white

Having 100% variegation is beautiful. Though that beauty is fleeting. Unfortunately, variegated portions of plants do not produce chlorophyll, therefore will not be able to sustain the plant. If your plant is producing too much variegation, reduce the amount of light it receives. More green/chlorophyll will grow in the new leaves and will help the plant grow.

What to do is reducing the light doesn’t encourage green growth?

Just like how you deal with reversion, cut off where it is all white and allow the plant to grow from nodes with green. Growth points will emerge and will produce green on the leaves. Though, be patient, sometimes plants will produce a few all white leaves before it starts producing leaves with some green again.

How can an all white plant survive?

You probably have seem some plants that are 100% variegated and are still somehow alive. Guess what? They’re vampires!

How are they vampires? Basically, they’re attached to another plant that is giving them the food they need to live. This can happen either because the plant is attached to a non-variegated or low variegated plant that is able to produce surplus food to share with the vampire plant. Otherwise, other plants can feed it through the root system. If you read the Life of Trees, you’ll better understand how this all happens.

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