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Aaron John Siy "Planter Tong Hong" and Mary Ann Siy
Aaron John Siy "Planter Tong Hong", Mary Ann Siy and Tots Maulit Corpuz
Base Species or Cultivar:
The cultivar was bought on December 9, 2022, as a three-leaved cutting mid-cut and was not identified by name and was given to me as a gift by my wife, Mary Ann Siy. This cultivar has a unique pattern of white variegation with few green spots in its new and old leaves and maintain its variegation color as they mature. The variegation pattern is different in every leaf, making it very distinctive. This cultivar is on its first generation. In order to prove that the variegation pattern remains consistent over time, we need to grow the plant in a trailing manner and be propagated via stem cutting. The variegation pattern of the new leaf must be observed if it is consistent and persistent.
On March 20, 2023, following three months of cultivation, the cultivar underwent propagation. It was divided into two sections: the upper portion, comprising 7 leaves, and the lower base segment, containing 3 leaves.
a. On June 28, 2023, after an additional 3 months of cultivation, the upper section of the cultivar has sprouted 8 new leaves. Through propagation, it has been distributed into multiple pots, resulting in a total of 15 leaves. The variegation pattern remains uniform and enduring across all leaves. The top cut was used for propagation and distributed into the following pots:
Here is the inventory of the initial propagation using the Top Cut:
1 pot with a Base-Cut containing 2 leaves
1 pot with a Top-Cut containing 6 leaves
7 pots with Mid-Cuts (Ultra High and Balanced Variegation) containing 1 leaf each
b. The Base-Cut, initially consisting of 3 leaves, has now developed to 7 leaves, maintaining its steadfast variegation. This segment was subsequently divided into two parts: a 2-leafer Base-Cut and a 5-leafer Top-Cut.
On August 12, 2023, following a span of 2 months for growth, here is the progress report for the propagated cultivar.
Here's the updated inventory of the initial Top Cut propagation:
1 pot with a Base-Cut of 2 leaves, now increased to 3 leaves with balanced variegation.
1 pot with a Top-Cut of 6 leaves, now expanded to 10 leaves featuring halfmoon variegation.
- Unfortunately, 2 pots containing 1-leafer Mid-Cuts with nearly fullmoon variegation did not survive.
5 pots with 1-leafer Mid-Cuts displaying Balanced Variegation, now grown to 2 leaves with variegation.
1 pot with a Base-Cut of 2 leaves, now flourishing with 4 leaves, all consistently variegated.
1 pot with a 5-leafer Top Cut, now extended to 6 leaves.
Variegation remains present and consistent across all generations of propagation, from the 1st to the 3rd.
On May 1, 2023, at Planter Tong Hong facebook account, we held a contest to name this distinctive Scindapsus cultivar from the Philippines. Tots Maulit Corpuz claimed victory with the name "Hinabi," drawing parallels between the plant's leaf vein’ interconnection and our ancestors' traditional weaving of clothing and textiles. This choice eloquently represents the profound connection to Philippine culture expressed through plant names. Corpuz made the following statement:
“As you can see the patterns, it's been said that it resembles the barong Tagalog. However, upon closer examination, it reveals intricate details that can also be compared to other types of weaving, such as Abel Iloco. Whether it's any kind of textile like Barong, Abel, t'nalak, or others, they all share the common thread of being originally woven "hinabi".
Hinabi doesn't only pertain to our local textiles, but can also be applied to our people, our connections, and the close ties we have with each other, despite our diverse features, just like this Scindapsus." (Corpuz, 2023).
Potting Mix: It is placed on the 3 parts perlite and 1 part Wood Compost mix "Alnus"
Sunlight: It is placed on a growlight of 18 hours per day to provide the needed lighting requirement to maintain the variegation of the plant.
Watering: It was grown maintaining a weekly watering schedule in a semi indoor location.
Humidity: It was placed on a close glass container to maintain a humidity of 70%-90% Humidity
Temperature: The growing temperature condition is at 25°C - 30°C
Other growing condition:
This was placed on pole and carefully made sure the emerging aerial roots was covered with moss to allow the roots to grow for easier propagation.
Leaf Characteristic - The leaves of new Scindapsus cultivar are very unique. The leaf veins are diverged and emboss liken to a weaved textile of Barong Tagalog. The leaf shape is ovate or heart-shaped with a pointed tip. The leaves’ surface texture is rough liken to a parchment paper and has reach up to 10 centimeters in length and 7 centimeters in width. The color of the leaves is green for the unvariegated part and white coloration with small green spots for its variegated part. It has a random density of silvery sheen or glittery silver blotches that are scattered around the leaf. The variegation is persistent in every leaf. Leaf variegation pattern are usually sectorial, leaf variegation intensity is from 20% variegation to almost 100% variegation.
These are additional information on the characteristic of the leaf
1. Leaf size ranges
a. Length - 7cm - 15cm
b. Width - 5cm - 10cm
2. Leaf Venation is Palmate
3. Leaf Margin is Entire
4. Leaf Shape is Ovate
5. Leaf Texture is little Rough
Bloom and Fruit:
1. Leaf Color Variegation
a. New Leaf color variegation is spotted white
b. Mature Leaf color variegation is spotted white also
2. Leaf Color Non-Variegated
a. New Leaf color non-variegated part is green
b. Mature Leaf color variegation is also green
3. Stem Coloration - The stem has dual coloration, a green and white. This coloration exhibited only show the authenticity of the variegation.
4. Silver blotches - silver blotches are rectangular in shape and glittery silver in coloration.