White Monstera

White Monstera

$505.00

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.

Why do plants revert to their non-variegated form? white monstera 

This is every variegated plant owners worst nightmare, especially if the plant was expensive and/or rare.

Thai Constellations dont revert. The variegation is built into their genetic makeup because they’re engineered by humans and dont exist in the wild.

Not the case for ‘proper’ variegated monstera (albo borsigiana). They can occur in the wild, and can just… happen. If you buy a baby monstera it MIGHT turn out to be variegated.

Though I’m pretty sure the place that grew them scour every millimetre of the plant to check.

Currently, there are a few people reporting that their monsteras are putting out variegated leaves, but theyre lime green rather than white. Mine hasnt done so yet, but we can but hope.

The answer is there’s no concrete answer, but here are some theories:

  • They’re not getting enough light

Variegated plants have less chlorophyll (there’s only chlorophyll in the green parts of the leaves), so they arguably need more light.

This is a subject that is divisive in the plant community because some people argue that the plant self-corrects the lack of chlorophyll by growing more slowly.

What I would say is: give your variegated plant enough bright, indirect light, add a grow light if necessary, but don’t let it burn. Theyre more susceptible to burning than non-variegated plants.

Look for other signs that it’s not getting enough light, such as leggy or stunted growth.

  • Reactions to temperature

Reverting is probably a survival technique, and more producing chlorophyll is pretty much the only weapon your plant has in its arsenal. Try to make sure your plant doesnt get too hot or too cold. Dont leave it near draughty windows and doors, and ensure it gets whatever humidity it likes.

Give your plant more light

This is just great advice to keep your plant happy BUT, as I mentioned before, your plant can burn if exposed to bright light.

Dont just assume your plant will benefit from spending the afternoon outside – itll probably burn because its not used to the intensity of the sun and to add insult to injury you could very well pick up a bug or two.

If you want to take your plants outside in the summer, do yourself a favour and read this post first.

Prune off reverted leaves

If your plant puts out an all-green leaf, snip it off.

I honestly have no idea why this works. Does the plant just…forget that it decided to put out green leaves.

Still, it works, so be sure to keep a close eye on your plant.

Ive googled why does pruning back reverted leaves on variegated plants preserve variegation’ but nothing came up. Explanations in the comments please.

What I find so sad is that I think there’s a place in the market for artificially coloured plants.

I mean, I hate them, but I’m sure plenty of people would buy them. The issue I have is that sellers weren’t being honest about the plant’s, er, pinkness. And they certainly didn’t say that any pink would be gone in a few years.

To add insult to injury, the Pink Congo being knocked out of the running for the prize of Best Pink Plant means that the price of Philodendron Pink Princess shot through the roof.

Hilarious, considering Australian plant lovers used to be able to buy them in garden centres for a few dollars.

Just to be clear, Philodendron Pink Princess doesn’t occur naturally in the wild. It’s a hybrid of a few plants – I don’t think us mere mortals are privvy to the exact parentage. But it’s at least going to stay pink (so long as the variegation remains).

monstera leaf

What’s the best way to ensure you don’t lose the variegation?

Do you already know what I’m going to say?

Have you already groaned inwardly?

Just…look after your plant. Keep it watered (but not too much), give it plenty of light (but not too much) and ample humidity (but not too much) etc etc etc until one of you dies.

monstera leaf

What’s the difference between real variegation and sport variegation?

We have a few different types of variegation:

  • Variegation in the genes of the plant

This would include Thai Constellation, but it can occur naturally too – this is plants that have variegation built right in and that dont revert. A lot of plants are being hybridized to have this feature.

  • Variegation at a stem level

This is still in the plant’s genes, but it can also revert. So plants like Albo Monstera, variegated peace lilies, and variegated Alocasia. You can see white (or yellow, or pink) stripes of variation travelling up the stem of the plant. The more variegation in the stems, the more in the leaves (in general).

  • Sport variegation

Sport variegation occurs so that every now and again, we can get really excited over something not worth getting excited over.

Sport variegation is when a leaf randomly grows with a patch of variegation. Typically, the level of variegation is low, but it’s still there. I have a teeny patch on my Florida Green, but I couldnt call the plant variegated.

Sport leaves have a habit of turning up on plants that are pretty common in the green form, but super rare to have variegated. Monstera Adansonii and Rhapidophora Tetrasperma are very big on producing sport variegation on one leaf and then never again.

Unfortunately, as far as I’m aware theres not a lot you can do to encourage sport variegation to spread. It’s always worth giving the plant a bit of extra light (you never know!), but in 99.999999% of cases, the leaf was just doing its own weird thing

white monstera.

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.