Chameleon Plant
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Chameleon Plant

Zone Lebanon, NJ 08833 (Hunterdon County - NW NJ) zone 6 | Anonymous added on December 26, 2017 | Answered

What do I do to enhance the red color. I have had several plants in a moist sunny area between my driveway and several walks for about 10 years. Minimal red color is present if at all. The plants are healthy and spread rapidly as expected. [email protected] or 201 919 4166. I live in NW NJ zone 6.

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on December 27, 2017

The color is usually more intense in hot weather and with more sun. Another possibility is that some of your plants have reverted to a non-variegated, all-green form and are taking over. This can happen because most variegated plant varieties (those with multicolored leaves) are mutants that are less vigorous than the all-green form of the same species. This article explains why it happens:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/variegated-plant-problems.htm

If you still have any plants that have the red color, prune out the green plants around them to encourage the multicolored form to grow.

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