Photo by Melody

Indoor Gardening and Houseplants: Lost variegation on Ctenanthe

Communities > Forums > Indoor Gardening and Houseplants
bookmark
Forum: Indoor Gardening and HouseplantsReplies: 7, Views: 38
Add to Bookmarks
-
AuthorContent

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

September 22, 2012
11:39 PM

Post #9283633

Ctenanthe lubbersiana 'Brazilian Snow' specifically. I bought it with that fabulous variegation. It's been an easy plant overall, but sometime in it four years with me has lost all the white patches and become all green. I asked about it a year or two (3?) ago and was advised maybe because I didn't fertilize well or have the right light. This year it's put out a ton of leaves, loved the heat, in part shade in a big pot, some leaves are huge like ten inches by 8, but still all green. Could it grow that well with 'poor fertility' and not regain its color?
I have divided and taken cuttings in its lifetime. Could it have reverted to all green and I was unlucky enough not to notice that I only used green parts?
Thoughts?

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2012
6:52 PM

Post #9287371

Found an old newspaper article on Google that said use extra phosphorous (bloom boost).
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 26, 2012
7:59 PM

Post #9287459

Have leaves that used to be variegated lost their coloration, or have new leaves been green and gradually those new green leaves have taken over and the older variegated leaves have died off? If leaves that were once variegated went green, then it could be due to cultural conditions and could potentially be fixed with light, fertilizer, etc. But if new leaves are all coming in green and the older variegated leaves stayed variegated but eventually died off, then it may have reverted in which case you probably can't get it to go back to being variegated.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2012
8:12 PM

Post #9287468

I guess the trail of evidence i pretty cold here. I can't recall for sure whether the older leaves faded, or just that all the leaves since are green.

Do you think that a plant that is growing vigorously in part shade has any excuse to be all green, other than that it is all reverted? Could a plant be growing vigorously but still need some fertilizer to be able to variegate? The leaf growth this summer has been great and the new leaves are huge.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 26, 2012
8:30 PM

Post #9287494

I don't know about Ctenanthe in particular, but too much shade can cause some plants to lose their variegation (too much sun can also cause it, that's why you'd have to know specifically what your plant wants). If that's what happened, then getting it the proper lighting could bring the variegation back again. As far as the vigorous growth, all-green parts will tend to be more vigorous and grow faster. That's why if you do have a plant that's starting to revert you need to prune out those parts before they take over.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2012
9:01 PM

Post #9287520

Thanks for the advice. Seems like its reverted is the most likely explanation.
gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 27, 2012
5:16 AM

Post #9287684

I'll bet it is a fairly common occurance - people buy a plant with great variegation, take it home and soon no variegation.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

September 28, 2012
8:19 PM

Post #9289459

Well maybe some plants more rhan others..

You cannot post until you register, login and subscribe.


Other Indoor Gardening and Houseplants Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
anyone know how to root norwalk pines?? tom1953 4 Jun 14, 2010 5:43 PM
Ant's in my Plants! millertime71 9 Aug 26, 2009 6:53 PM
Houseplant Photos jdee 31 Apr 5, 2013 5:45 AM
Variegated Begonia Semperflorens mkjones 9 Jul 26, 2007 5:39 PM
A couple of silly questions... danak 9 Jun 18, 2012 6:01 PM


We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2014 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hope for America