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Project Plant: Reverted P. Domesticum Variegatum. UPDATE!

18 months ago, I picked up a reverted Philodendron Domesticum Variegatum as a “Project plant”, to see if I could turn that variegation around.

18 months ago, I picked up a reverted Philodendron Domesticum Variegatum as a “Project plant”, to see if I could turn that variegation around.

Here is the link to the original post

In the original post, I wrote that my strategy was “to give it optimal conditions in my well lit, warm greenhouse. Fertilize regularly, and most of all give it as much bright filtered light as I can.” and that is exactly what I did.

Then along the way, I noticed there were less and less hints of possible variegation throughout the newer leaves. This was disappointing as I had given the plant every opportunity to succeed. Eventually, I made the decision to chop and prop. There was no point continuing in the way it was going and moving/growing further away from the variegated growth. So I cut it up, with the hope of bringing the variegation out through new growth from the older leaves that had the best yellow patches.

I wish I could say it was a success. I really did try to give this project my all. Cuttings had the best light, without other leaves blocking the rays through parts of the day. I gave them regular feeding and grew each in a good mix of coir and perlite. There were moments where I thought there was hope. But sadly it was a big fail!


Now I am not saying that it is impossible to turn around a reverted plant. I have had plants increase their variegation or bought plants with low variegation and end up with masses of it, with new growth. In fact I have had more success with plants, that I didn’t intend to increase variegation with. I am sure the fact that I attempted this project on a plant that is prone to revertion, was a major factor. I expect other varieties would be more successful. It just didn’t work this time, on this plant.

Has anyone else had success with reversing reverted plants?

Thanks for reading and happy growing. Xx

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