I admit that I have trouble in the winter keeping the violets perfectly happy; I can’t seem to get the combination of care and environmental details just right, and it’s been especially difficult for me considering it’s my first time growing in a basement. We know that in lower temperatures, violets slow down their growth, requiring less fertilizer and water. Also, it’s been my experience that variegated plants tend to lose green pigment in the cooler temperatures, sometimes going all white or cream. Without chlorophyll in the leaves, the plant slowly starves and deteriorates.
Such is my problem this winter/spring. I let the problem go unaddressed too far into the winter, so now this spring I am noticing several strongly variegated plants have very little green in them. What to do?!