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Name: Charlie
IL (Zone 5a)
Charlieh
Jun 10, 2020 9:43 AM CST
I recently got a variegated ficus Elastica and have noticed that the leaves are loosing the yellow/white and are turning more solid green. The plant is otherwise very healthy. Is this a sign of a lighting issue? Any advice would be greatly appreciate! Thanks
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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Jun 10, 2020 3:24 PM CST
It may be a lack of light or it may be a genetic issue. Make sure your plant is getting at least a few hours of direct sunlight each day.

Hybrids often revert to their original species form and there is nothing you can do about that.
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Name: sumire
Reno, Nevada (Zone 6a)
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sumire
Jun 10, 2020 6:34 PM CST
Hybrids are a plant with a genetic quirk, like variegation, that persists throughout the plant's life. Often it can be passed from parent plants. Sports are a plant that has a genetic quirk that does not persist. Plants that are grown from sports (there are quite a few Japanese maples that fit this category but I haven't seen any ficus) must have the vegetation that reverts pruned out regularly.

I do not think your plant is reverting, I think it needs more light. Choose a sunnier window than where it is currently located.
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