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Default Ae-Ae Variegation

Does anyone know what factors influence variegation in Ae-Ae leaves? Is it soil ph, temperature, N K P ratio, or some other factor or combination of factors? My plant is all over the map in terms of variegation. When I first got it, it had lots of white variegation, then the variegation became more of the blended type with fewer white areas. The overall amount of variegation began to decrease, so I used Miracid fertilizer to make the soil ph more acidic. It then produced several leaves with a significant increase in blended variegation with a slight increase in solid white area. The most recent leaf has several large white areas and a small amount of blended variegation. Is variegation completely random, or is it possible to influence the amount and type of variegation the plant produces?

The plant is healthy and beginning to slow down for "Winter" here in Southern California. I have heard that "Winter" may be warmer and drier than usual, so I am hoping it will flower this Spring.
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