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.
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.
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.