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RE: not-so-variegated Alocasia micholitziana variegata
From: Rand Nicholson <writserv at nbnet.nb.ca> on 1997.11.22 at 03:41:53(1645)|
>From: email@example.com on behalf of Lester Kallus
>Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 1997 7:25 PM
>Subject: not-so-variegated Alocasia micholitziana variegata
>I have (or perhaps should say "had") a variegated Alocasia micholitiziana
>"Frydek". It came with one macerated leaf and an active growing tip. The
>next 3 leaves were nicely variegated and the plant continued to grow quite
>The last leaf to come out was solid green with some very faint lighter
>green discolorations. A new leaf now is also nearly totally green with
>little if any variegation.
>Do these plants revert? Have I spent a near fortune for a plant that I
>already had? Is there anything I can do to increase its variegation? The
>light level had actually increased when the variegation began to decrease.
>It was outdoors at the time and night temperatures were dropping into the
>low 50s. It's now indoors and the light level has consequently dropped but
>the temperature has increased.
>I have seen variegated Alocasias put out all-green leaves, then start to
>produce the variegated or part variegated leaves after an interval. I have
>also noticed that larger plants seem to produce less variegated leaves than
>the immature and smaller plants.
>Do any other growers out there notice this "trend"?
I have witnessed this phenomenon in other species and have noted that
cuttings from a variegated plant that has reverted to green sometimes
regain their variegation after they become established.
What is the explanation for this? Could it be a genetic thing that is
somehow "switched" back on by the trauma of the propagation method?
Maritime Canada, Z 5b
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