Many plants with white variegation tend to be more delicate than their green counterparts, and the variegated Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata is no exception. They produce less chlorophyll, and as such photosynthesize a great deal less. Growing them is not only slow but also requires a certain level of skill
Variegation refers to the naturally-formed lighter patches on a plant’s leaves. These light patches may be light green, yellowish, or even white, depending on the plant species. White Monstera
The leaves’ lack of chlorophyll is actually stressful for the Swiss Cheese plant because the leaves don’t have as much surface area to photosynthesize. For this reason, variegated Monsteras tend to grow much slower than their non-variegated counterparts.
There are two main kinds of variegation found in Monsteras: marbling and sectoral.
Marbled leaves have patches of light and dark distributed fairly evenly across the surface. Sectoral variegation is when there are large patches of white on the leaf. A leaf can have both marbling and sectoral variegation at the same time.
s mentioned above, Monstera Albo will have unstable variegation, whereas Thai Constellation variegation will not need to be maintained.
Can variegated Monstera revert?
Monstera Albo Borsigiana can start to grow leaves that are all green with no mutation. However, Monstera Thai Constellation will always have variegation on its new leaves.
How do I get my variegation back?
To prevent your Monstera from turning completely green, you need to cut off the leaves with no mutation in them. The mutated cells in the stem and nodes will produce leaves that contain the mutation, but if a node doesn’t have any mutated cells, the next leaf will be green.
You will also want to cut back leaves that are all white. As beautiful as they are, they do not perform photosynthesis and will cause the Monstera to become stressed.
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