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Spontaneous variegation?

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One small T. peruvianus pup I have has turned quite yellow, not sure why. The mother is not variegated. Is spontaneous variegation a possibility, or is it a genetic trait? It's yellow more on one side than the other, so I suspect some environmental influence? The plant was stressed, for sure, where I found it in a neglected corner of my garden. 

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Hi mate, this is almost certainly nutrient related or sun-related. Imo it's because the plant was cut and doesn't have roots yet. The alternative is that it was kept in a too dark place for a while. Sudden onset of variegation is definitely possible, but this is probably not one. Bye Patrick 

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OK, thanks. The plant from which this pup was cut (just this morning) has roots but was, I think, in a light-deprived situation. But only the pup (and not the mother) has this discolouration. The pup is long and skinny, so probably starved for sunlight. 

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to answer your question, yes its possible for variegation to express itself spontaneously 

 

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Variegation and monstrose growth spontaneously show up in large collections that include other variegated and monstrose plants. This is what underlies the suggestion some sort of minor pathogen is responsible for both phenomenon. I'm not aware of anyone ever identifying an actual culprit though so I still keep that proposal in the "interesting if true" category..

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