Why Plants Can Be Variegated?
Many Plant Lovers love to collect variegata ornamental plants. Even for some types of plants, this variegata is valued quite high. For example, Monstera variegata, which recently dominated the ornamental plant market. The beauty of this variegata plant is the main attraction for Plant Lovers.
The word Variegata or Variegation in English comes from the Latin variegatus which means consisting of variations of several colors. Different varieties are shown in the form of plant parts in the form of stripes or color spots with pronounced colors. Generally, the colors of this variegata are white and yellow. Variegata occurs as a result of genetic changes or mutations in plant cells. Mutations or changes can occur naturally or artificially.
The leaves of variegata plants have lower chlorophyll content compared to green leaves. Due to the less chlorophyll content they become inefficient in photosynthesis. If the variegata plant lacks sunlight, the colored part of the leaf will turn green because it naturally forms chlorophyll. But there are certain variegata plants that cannot be exposed to direct sunlight because the non-green leaf parts can burn. Therefore, usually caring for this variegata plant is more difficult and requires more attention usually.