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Sydney Australia
Jan 8, 2020 5:34 AM CST
I have a Jade Pothos which I have had for a couple of years at least! It was recently doing pretty poorly as it was outside in the heat so I brought him inside and brought him back to good health. It started to grow some new shoots from the soil off the same plant... and when it unfurled it's was a marble leaf? All other leaves are 100% green and always have been! I'm very excited but is this common?
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
Jan 8, 2020 7:01 AM CST
Yes it is actually quite common. All of the different cultivars of Epipremnum (not Pothos, although this plant is commonly called that, it is in the genus Epipremnum, not the genus Pothos which is a totally different group of plants) were originally chimeric sports of Epipremnum aureum that were selected out and propagated vegetativelto keep the trait (Neon, Marbled, splashed, satiny etc). But any of them can and often do throw out some what are called 'reverted' or new sport leaves. This is a genetic thing, it may stay, it may go.
A friend of mine who loves variegated plants is fond of saying 'Variegation is only a mutation away, so is reversion'.

People who are most commonly stressing over these issues are people who have spent big bucks on plants like the Pink Princess philodendron, which is notorious for its unstable variegation and usually reverts back to mostly green over time, and people who grow the variegated Monstera delicious, which can begin to their all green or all white leaves. All green means that they spent a bundle on a 'normal' plant, all white means that if they cannot get green back in, the plant will die because it does not photosynthesize on the all white leaves.

The variegation comes from the meristem tissue, (the vine part, the true stem) not the leaves
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