9 Affordable Variegated Houseplants When You Can’t Afford Variegated Monsteras

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Variegated houseplants are loved for a reason, they’re marvelous to look at. But, many are expensive. In fact, some can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. To help you solve this issue, below are 9 affordable variegated houseplants that won’t break the bank.

Probably one of the most popular variegated houseplants are the Monstera varieties. But, many of them including the Thai Constellation and Albo can cost a pretty penny. That’s because many are either rare or difficult to propagate.

The good news is, there are many other low cost, more practical variegated houseplant options you can choose from.

 

Affordable Variegated Houseplants on a Budget

Hosta

Hosta

Hostas are among the most popular garden plants in the country. In addition to the beautiful shapes of their foliage and patterns, they also thrive in shade. This is something not many beautiful plants can do.

Hostas are likewise very easy to care for. And, you can propagate them without any problems if you want to grow more. Thus, they’re very economical as well.

What’s great is that you can bring their beauty indoors as they do well as houseplants as well.

Note that they do need more water than your common houseplant. As such, they require more maintenance.

 

Pothos NJoy

Pothos NJoy

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The Pothos NJoy is one of many different Pothos varieties that are very beautiful. They feature amazingly lovely while variegations on the edges of their leaves making each leaf unique.

As with many other pothos plants, the NJoy needs bright, indirect sunlight to thrive. They can tolerate low light but less so than solid colored foliage plants since the white sections cannot create chlorophyll.

Similarly, avoid direct sunlight which can scorch its leaves as well.

 

Nerve Plant

Nerve Plant

The Nerve Plant (Fittonia) is also called mosaic plant because stunning patterns in its leaves. They also come in many different colors including yellow, white, red against a green background.

But, there are also red, pink and purple variations of the plant which give you a lot of different options when it comes to decorating your home.

 

Hoya ‘Krimson Queen’

Hoya ‘Krimson Queen’

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The Hoya ‘Krimson Queen’ is a popular houseplant because its leaves are either part or fully white. As such, no two leaves of the plant are the same with.

Some have only very small areas of white on the edges while others are almost wholly or fully while. This makes it very unique and lovely to look at.

As with many houseplants, the Krimson Queen needs bright, filtered light. They do enjoy home temperatures between 60 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit which makes them easy to care for.

Besides light, the other challenge is their high humidity requirement (70% to 80%), which likely means you’ll need a water tray or humidifier.

 

Pearls and Jade Pothos

Pearls and Jade Pothos

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Pearls and Jade Pothos is another lovely pothos variant that’s both affordable and comes with lovely white variegations.

This evergreen perennial is a vine that does grow long over time. As such, they look great in hanging baskets as well as tabletops. But, you do need to prune them every so often to keep them looking neat and less tangled.

 

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Calathea ‘white fusion’

Calathea ‘white fusion’

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If you’re looking for an affordable variegated houseplant with leaves larger than those of a pothos, take a look at this calathea variety.

The White Fusion is also known as the peacock and zebra plant because of its lovely white patterns. These variegations look different because they stem from the midrib. And, each white area only fills a small section of one side of the leaf.

As such, you have different levels of green and white that make this plant look stunning.

 

Manjula Pothos

Manjula Pothos

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If you scroll through our list of affordable variegated houseplants on a budget, you’ll see a number of different pothos cultivars.

This is one reason the genus is very popular with houseplant owners. There are many different variations including variegated and non-variegated. Plus, they come in many different colors.

The Manjula pothos’ variegations is different because they’re not fully white. Instead, they’re made of large and small specs of white. Thus, you’ll see more of a mix of the green and cream as opposed to full green and full white areas for any given leave.

The best part is, they are easy to care for. As long as they get bright, indirect light and you don’t overwater them, they’ll do well.

 

Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’

Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’

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The Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’ is also called the variegated rubber tree. It very popular thanks to its unique looks and different colors. This gives you the option of white, yellow and green leaves.

In general ficus are well-loved trees with small and large versions. Many of these actually grow to become very big outdoors. As such, don’t be surprised if it looks very different when grown in the ground or indoors.

The good news is, as a houseplant, you can control is size. They’re naturally smaller inside homes. And, limiting the size of the pot likewise allows you to maintain a manageable-sized plant at home.

As with others on the list, we made sure that the plants are not only affordable and beautiful but also easy to care for.

The Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’ only needs to be watered every 1-2 weeks for most of the year unless it gets extremely hot in your area during the summer. And, as long as they get good bright, indirect sunlight, they’ll be happy.

 

Satin Pothos

Satin Pothos

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The satin pothos also goes by the name of silver pothos. It is known for its gorgeous white specs which can vary. Some are very subtle while others are much larger blotches.

This lets you choose design patterns you prefer.

As with other pothos, this is a vining plant whose stems will get longer allowing the plant the slowly cascade down the sides of the container as its gets longer.

Its likewise has small to medium sized leaves which make it an amazing houseplant you can hang, keep on shelves on tabletops.

They’re likewise easy to care for as they only need to be watered once the soil gets partially dry. They thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. And, they enjoy humid conditions.

The latter is something that probably will need more attention since some homes can have lower humidity levels.

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