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Scindapsus 'MAHARLIKA'





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Mary Ann Siy and Sheena Marie Garcia


Aaron John Siy AKA Planter Tong Hong, Mary Ann Siy and Sheena Marie Garcia

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Base Species or Cultivar:

Scindapsus Pictus


Cultivar Origin:

When the pandemic was at its worst, in June 2021, the original specie of Maharlika was found by a plant enthusiast in Lucban, Quezon. The plant was offered to Mrs Sheena Marie Garcia and eventually to Mrs Mary Ann Siy as they both grow and propagated the plant together

We, Planter Tong Hong and Ms. Mary Ann Siy, noted that the plant exhibits a distinctive variegation. The plant was grown to see if the variegation will persist in the 2nd and 3rd generation of propagation.

1st Generation:
We developed the specie into seven leaves with regular variegation. On May 2022, we assessed the persistence of the variegation of the plant by propagation. We propagated the plant by nodal propagation cutting the 2 nodal leaves of the base and maintained the top cut of the plant to further grow them.
Mrs Sheena Marie Garcia also noted the plant exhibit the same variegation characteristic as she also propagate the plant.

2nd Generation:
The base cut nodal leaf now produced a 5 leafer plant with continuous variegation in all leaves. We used nodal cutting again to check the consistency of the variegation in August 2022. To assess the persistence of the variegation of the plant, we propagated the plant by nodal propagation of the 2 leaves of the base again and maintained the top cut of the plant to further grow.

3rd Generation:
The 1 leafer now produced a variegated leaf which portrays its persistence as a variegated Scindapsus.

Name Origin:

In the first century in the Philippines, a group of nobles was known as MAHARLIKA. To indicate their social rank in the community, Maharlikas are ornated with gold, silver and diamonds as jewelry. In modern Filipino, the word referred to Aristocrat or to royal nobility.
Similar to this Scindapsus, it is embellished with pricey hues like Bright Yellow, Silver Color, and Glittering Diamonds features which is highly eye-catching to the one who beholds.
It is a proudly native to the Philippines and an example of our diverse and special horticultural species.

Growth Habit:

Three generations of this yellow-variegated Scindapsus Pictus have been grown and propagated by 2 plant enthusiasts, Mary Ann Siy and Sheena Marie Garcia.
Mary Ann uses Soilless mix, Wood Compost and Perlite mixture, as substrate. While Mrs Sheena uses Pon as substrate, Pon Mix - pumice, zeolites, lava rock and fertilizer.
Our specimens have mostly been grown in pots, both indoors and semi-indoor. It is an aggressive crawler/climber, exhibits various but consistent levels of bright yellow variegation. It prefers humidity levels of at least 55% and tropical temperatures between 26° and 32°, and thrives in bright, filtered light.

Leaf Blade:

The Maharlika's leaves are similar to other Scindapsus Pictus with its recognizable circular heart shaped leaf, green leaf color with silvery patches and matte in texture. Our mature leaf measures 4-5 inches long and 3 inches wide, and our juvenile leaves measures from 2 inches long and 1.75 inches wide.

Bloom and Fruit:

Not yet observed

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Based on the following traits, the MAHARLIKA has displayed several noteworthy distinctions.

Silver Patches Difference:
Maharlika has a LIGHTER GLITTERY silver patches. As the new leaf emerge, it portray a MORE GLITTERY silver patches.

Leaf Variegation Color:
As a young leaf ages, its variegation gradually becomes more pronounced, turning from a lime green to a dazzling Bright Yellow. New leaf Color Variegation Maturity of Maharlika tends to be 1 months before the variegation leaf turn into a BRIGHT YELLOW variegation.

Leaf Shape and texture
Maharlika has a circular heart shaped leaf with a velvety to the touch.

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