Bored of the monotony of your green plants? Praised on Instagram and Pinterest, the patterned varieties are the new chic that is raging this year. Very decorative, their leaves are adorned with surprising patterns so amazing that we believe them painted by hand! Green, purple, silver and even pink, we dare the unexpected. Oxygenating and even depolluting for some, they bring a little sweetness in our urban interiors. Our advice and favorites for a colorful interior!
Native to dense tropical forests, variegated leaf plants are rare in the wild. They grow close to the ground in areas with low exposure to light, hence their atypical pigmentation. Less effective in producing photosynthetic energy than their green cousins, they have an asset.Like some animal species, they use the camouflage technique to protect themselves from predators. No beasts these plants!
And for maintenance?
Variegated varieties are generally a little more fragile than their cousins. This is also what makes their charm so delicate. Nothing dramatic though! Many species have adapted perfectly to urban life. In our latitudes, we just make sure to follow these tips.
Watch out for the brightness! Even if your little marvel is undeniably in need of it, an excess or a lack of light could be detrimental to her pretty designs. Direct sun rays to proscribe! In the beginning, we do not hesitate to do several tests of locations to see how the plant behaves.
Another important point: temperature. We pay attention to variations and drafts, and we avoid placing them at the bottom of the radiator.
Regarding watering, we act sparingly! These are plants that do not like drought, but it’s not about drowning them. We wait until the surface of the earth has dried between two add water and spray foliage from time to time. The ideal: to place in the bathroom since they love the humidity.
Last, they are pampered! During the growing season, a small amount of fertilizer twice a month against once winter will do them the greatest good. br />
Calathea, the new ficus
A must-see, the family of Calatheas offers a wide variety of species. A tough choice for who wants to afford a new protected! Elongated leaves for some, rounder for others.Magical patterns and colors: between shades of green, yellow or silver and purple lapels. To top it off, their flowering is sometimes colorful! Our favorites: Calathéa Rattlesnake, for its long wavy leaves and Calathéa Orbifolia for its roundness and its stripes.
Maranta, Sleeping Beauty
You have guessed, they are the cousins of Calatheas ! Like them, a genetic peculiarity allows the leaves to lower the day and to recover at night. For this reason, they are called “prayer plants” or “sleepers”.
Slightly more robust than calatheas, marantas are nevertheless often smaller. Our favorite: Maranta Leucomera, very elegant. Its rounded leaves and red veining contrast with the regularity of its green patterns.This is a plant that, alone, will put style in your home! And for pet owners, good news: Marantas are not poisonous. Absorbing formaldehyde, they are even depolluting. No reason to deprive yourself.
Alocasia, elephant ears
The Alocasia, very popular in the 50s, is back on the front of the scene in its most graphic version. It is also known as an elephant ear because of the size of its leaves. Thanks to the height of its stems growing from a tuber, this beautiful plant remains graceful and airy. Its foliage, usually of a deep dark green with very graphic silver veins make it a very popular species. We also like it in its version “Black velvet” more compact, in intense color. For the little story, the alocasia would be the plant represented in the illustrations of the story “Jacques and the magic bean”, symbol of the opportunities to seize. So what are you waiting for?
Tradescantia Zebrina, funny zebra
Its leaves with green and purple streaks of silver, coupled with the falling side of her coat, bring it straight into our favorites. Also known as misery, this suspension plant proliferates rapidly. We love its soft foliage that grows zigzagging.
Almost indestructible, the Tradescantia is a plant that easily forgives an omission of watering. Even if it is not part of the succulent family, its stems allow it to store good amounts of water. Certainly, Mother Nature is well done!
Monstera variegata, the masterpiece
It attracts all eyes by the variegated and ribbed colors of its foliage. From dark green to flamboyant red to pale pink, its variations are sometimes very surprising. You should have the choice!
Be careful however, the Fittonia fears the cold! The good idea: grow it in a tank or terrarium , in order to maintain a stable temperature and humid atmosphere.
Begonia Maculata, the peas are white
With its foliage flecked with white dots, his dress is most fanciful. Also called bamboo begonia or tamaya, impossible to miss its large asymmetrical leaves. With him, no need to make tons: a minimalist pot is enough to highlight it. Icing on the cake, it is adorned with pink or white flowers in the summer season. Then, we adhere to 100%.
Some exceptions to go further
Often native to hostile environments, some other plant families have also adopted motives as a defense. Regarding their maintenance, be careful not to confuse them!
In the family of succulents, the variety Haworthia Fasciata can be cited for the originality of its motifs.Unlike tropical plants, it is very resistant to drought. We also think of Sarracenia Leucophylla , a beautiful carnivore that children love. Its large white urns are finely carved green and sometimes even red. A real mosaic!
So, ready to recreate a real botanical garden patterned in your cozy little nest?