Houseplants forum: Is everyone crazy about variegated plants?

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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Sep 30, 2020 11:16 PM CST
I've never owned a tricolor Ficus elastica but they sure look pretty in pictures.
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Oct 1, 2020 5:57 AM CST
LorettaNJ said:Absolutely nuts. Just a day or two ago there was someone on the classified here with $1,000 plant they were trying to sell. I think that post is gone.


That person is a troll, he was reported
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Oct 1, 2020 5:59 AM CST
Sally they do look cool. I am just not a ficus person. I bought a Fiddle Leaf out of curiosity, it was cheap at Home Depot, but it didn't really turn me on so I planted it in the yard (where it promptly tripled in size) to take its chances LOL
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Oct 1, 2020 6:42 AM CST
So funny, Gina, isn't that the way? Ignore them outside is sometimes the key to plant health. haha
I had plain Brugmansia but the first time I saw variegated leafed one (Peaches and Cream? Maya?) I was WOWED.

@Rynoa said .."having the variegation all over is just too much,.." I think that all over too much thing is why I don't use a lot of annual flowers.

About the huge mature Epipremnum... I haven't traveled much , but seeing a mature Epipremnum like that climb a tree in a tropical garden is a great sight!! Really gives you a perspective on the tiny babies we try to grow in small pots, lol.
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Oct 1, 2020 7:24 AM CST
They are surprisingly hardy. There are several specimens of Epi aureum around town that are mature like the one in the photo. Our area went from zone 8B when we moved here in 1992 to zone 9A in 2010. We are at least zone 9B if not 10A now. We may be a 'wobbly' 10A, but we have not had a temp below 30F the last 3 winters at my house. I have plumeria in the ground that have not even been burned, and some Philodendrons like Jose Buono and King of Spades planted out. So I am experimenting with a lot of stuff nowadays
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LorettaNJ
Oct 1, 2020 11:28 AM CST
It is a different market for you and me, Gina. You can use these plants as landscape specimens and you are competing with this new generation of houseplant collectors.

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Aglaomania
Oct 2, 2020 11:34 AM CST
It really depends on the plant. I don't see the appeal in most variegated monsteras just because the leaves are already statement pieces and colors take away from that. I do love my N'Joy pothos though and all my pink variegated plants. It's nice to add a bit more variety to my collection. That said, I probably wouldn't pay a lot for any variegation because I feel like there's always a poor man's version of a close enough plant that's cheaper.
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
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Gina1960
Oct 3, 2020 12:45 PM CST
Speaking of variegated plants LOL I just got this today as a trade. Variegated Philodendron McColley's Finale. From a young lady who spent $350 on it, and once she got it, decided it was not to her liking. SO I took it off her hands for a small rooted Anthurium that I have about 20 of. This is what I am talking about...$350. "NOT TO MY LIKING....?????????????" This should cost about $25 tops
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plantmanager
Oct 3, 2020 12:54 PM CST
Some prices are just insane! I do like that plant and think you did well getting it for one of your plants.
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Oct 3, 2020 1:48 PM CST
You scored, Gina!
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Wildbloomers
Oct 6, 2020 11:27 AM CST
Gina, I have a different point of view, I love variegated plants! Having read through this post there are some ideas I'd like to express.
1. I'm willing to bet that I'm older than you since when I was born dirt was just dust. I've been collecting since the fifth grade when I took some cotton seeds from a plant in Georgia. Great flowers as it turned out.
2. Few people get to see the magnificence of full grown aroids outside. Have you noticed how Epipremnum leaves get larger as they get farther from the soil line and then get smaller as the plant trails toward the ground? I use aureum as a ground cover and no leaf gets larger than 4" until it starts to climb. Also the slits/holes in the leaves don't happen on those small but mature leaves.
3. Yes the prices seem high to those gifted with the green thumb but people want what they want. I used to lament the impending death of some plants that I have sold/gifted/traded but they're plants after all not animals. I can grow more and I never deal in plants that won't grow in my area.
4. I love green, it took my wife some time before she could see all the various shades of green melding together as beautiful.
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Wildbloomers
Oct 6, 2020 11:45 AM CST
5. If variegated plants take a little more care than their green brethren it matters little to those who see the beauty.
6. Some variegated plants are absolutely stunning in a landscape. For example; variegated dracaena marginata with its beautiful pink stripes, furcraea foetida mediopicta with its imposing size and impressive shape along with the yellow/green color. I could go on forever but suffice it to say that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and for some people "price is no object"

Sorry this was so long, I usually count on my wife to kick over my soapbox and she's on the treadmill.
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Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
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LorettaNJ
Oct 6, 2020 12:07 PM CST
At least some plantsmen are found a way to make a little bit of cash. It has been a notoriously low paying job for all the work and time.
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Oct 10, 2020 1:39 PM CST
A pot from my work. The one light colored Aglaonema, I think is healthy. Just a lighter shade variety.
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These are really good for workplace .. why dont they sell more of these, potted? (Not just as lucky bamboo in water)
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LorettaNJ
Oct 10, 2020 1:40 PM CST
They do sell them around here.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Oct 10, 2020 4:33 PM CST
Oh I have that in my greenhouse stream!
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LorettaNJ
Oct 10, 2020 4:50 PM CST
Greenhouse stream! Drooling Green Grin!
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Oct 10, 2020 7:09 PM CST
20 ft
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LorettaNJ
Oct 10, 2020 7:11 PM CST
Haha! Rub it in!
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Oct 10, 2020 7:50 PM CST
Loretta, the Dracaena braunii was first a little 3 inch pot with 3 stems. Has been grown, cut and rooted so much in about ten years since.

Stream envy... Green Grin!
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