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Aaron John Siy "Planter Tong Hong"
Base Species or Cultivar:
Scindapsus Treubii "Moonlight Dark Form"
We have made an observation that the cultivar, Scindapsus Eclipse, exhibits a highly distinct and noteworthy bright yellow variegation. In order to confirm the uniformity and stability of this variegation, we conducted propagation of the cultivar. All propagation was done via stem cutting.
We acquired this particular species from Indonesia, which was given to us without a specific identification label and referred to as a Scindapsus "No ID." We received the plant on November 2, 2022, as a MidCut 4 leafer, and this marks the beginning of our first generation with this species. Instead of dividing the plant into multiple internodes, we opted to grow it as a single plant.
We conducted an observation of the Scindapsus Eclipse after 45 days, January 15, 2023. We noted the consistent and persistent variegation displayed by the plant, which had grown an additional 9 leaves, all of which exhibited quartermoon and halfmoon variegation that extended throughout the trailing leaves. Not a single leaf lacked variegation.
To validate the stability of the variegation, we proceeded to propagate the plant, resulting in 6 mid cuts, 1 top cut with 3 leaves, and 1 base cut with 3 leaves. These propagations underwent further observation to confirm the enduring nature of the variegation.
After propagation, we grew the cultivar and conducted an observation of the Scindapsus Eclipse after 60 days, March 15, 2023. We confirmed the consistent and persistent variegation behavior exhibited by the plant. Here is a summary of our observations and history:
1. The Top cut, initially a 3 leafer, developed into a 6 leafer top cut. Not a single leaf lacked variegation
2. The base cut, which also had 3 leaves, produced a variegated sprout and was subsequently divided into 2 parts.
3. Four of the midcuts have 3 leaves each, all displaying the characteristic halfmoon variegation, inherited from the previous generation. But one of the midcuts was still in the process of recovery, but had produced a new shoot.
4 The small midcut, has become into a 2 leafer plant, produced a halfmoon variegation.
The plant was known as Scindapsus Eclipse derives its name from a remarkable resemblance to the natural phenomenon of a solar eclipse. Both the plant and Scindapsus eclipse are rare and exceptional, evoking a sense of wonder and inspiration in those who behold them. The similarities between the two are as follows:
1. Both are rare occurrences. The Scindapsus Eclipse can only be found in 1 out of 10,000 seeds, while a solar eclipse happens every 18 years or once every 6570 days.
2. Both share a striking color contrast. The Scindapsus Eclipse has black leaves with yellow variegation, mirroring the black and yellow colors of a solar eclipse, which make them both unique in their coloration.
3. The Scindapsus Eclipse, like the solar eclipse, exhibits varying degrees of partial variegation, from a almost full moon to half or quarter moon, which closely mimics the color distribution found in nature's solar eclipse.
Potting Mix: The Scindapsus Eclipse is cultivated in a potting mix consisting of 3 parts perlite and 1 part Wood Compost mix.
Light: The plant is provided with a grow light for 18 hours per day to meet its lighting needs and maintain its variegation.
Watering: A weekly watering schedule is followed in a semi-indoor location.
Humidity: To maintain 70%-90% humidity, the plant is enclosed in a glass container.
Temperature: The plant is grown in a temperature range of 25°C to 30°C.
Other Growing Conditions: The plant is supported by a pole, and the aerial roots are carefully covered with moss to facilitate easier propagation.
1. Leaf size varies depending on the growth stage:
a. Juvenile leaves are 0.25 - 3 inches in diameter
b. Mature leaves are 3 inches in diameter
2. Venation of the leaves is single-veined
3. Leaf margin is entire
4. Leaf shape is elliptical
5. Leaf texture is smooth and thick
6. Leaf color ranges from dark green to almost black.
Bloom and Fruit:
1. Variegation of Leaf Color - The Scindapsus Eclipse displays bright yellow variegation in its new leaves, which persist as the leaves mature.
2. Non-Variegated Leaf Color - The emerging leaves of the plant are initially dark green in color, which intensifies into a darker shade as the leaves mature.
3. Stem Coloration - The stem of the plant exhibits a distinct yellow and dark green lining color, which is a reliable indication of genuine leaf variegation. This stem coloration aligns with the dual coloration observed in most variegated plants.