Scindapsus 'Morning Star'
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Aaron John Siy "Planter Tong Hong" and Mary Ann Siy
Aaron John Siy "Planter Tong Hong" and Mary Ann Siy
Base Species or Cultivar:
Scindapsus Pictus "Silver Lady"
Assessing the consistency of its variegation pattern is important in determining the stability of a plant’s characteristic. Reaching the 3rd Generation is the key for a complete understanding of the size, variegation color, and leaf shape. The lack of documented information on these leaf features leaves us without precise details. Therefore, diligent monitoring of leaf patterns becomes needed to ensure the stability and persistence of variegation.
Purchase and Propagation History:
Acquired on January 2, 2023, as a mid-cut with a single leaf, this cultivar arrived nameless, presented as a gift from my spouse, Mary Ann Siy. Being a first-generation single leaf plant, it requires growth to multiply its leaves, marking the initiation of efforts to determine the consistency and stability of its variegation.
On June 15, 2023, after five months, the specimen had developed into a plant with nine leaves, and almost all of them exhibited variegation. In order to evaluate the consistency and stability of its variegation, the cultivar underwent division into seven parts, creating a specimen distributed among seven pots.
Confirmation of the cultivar's identity and consistency requires another generation. The plant was subjected to cutting, and its subsequent growth is under observation to provide further confirmation.
The following are the propagation inventory:
1. 1 pot – 3-leaf Top Cut
2. 5 pot – 1-leaf Mid Cut
3. 1 pot – 2-leaf Base Cut
Subsequently, the cultivated nodal specimen was encouraged to grow and scrutinized for the uniformity of variegation.
As of October 20, 2023, four months into its growth, these are the records document the plant's development and growth information.
1. The 1st pot Top cut 3-leaf plant is now a 6-leaf trailing plant.
2. The 2nd pot Mid Cut 1-leaf plant is now a 3-leaf trailing plant
3. The 3rd pot Mid Cut 1-leaf plant is now a 4-leaf trailing plant
4. The 4th pot Mid Cut 1-leaf plant is now a 5-leaf trailing plant
5. The 5th pot Mid Cut 1-leaf plant is now a 4-leaf trailing plant
6. The 6th pot Mid Cut 1-leaf plant is now a 2-leaf trailing plant
7. The 7th pot Base Cut 1-leaf plant is now a 3-leaf trailing plant
The variegation, characterized by a range from neon to pastel yellow, persists consistently through all generations of stem propagation, spanning from the 1st to the 3rd generation.
The name "Morning Star" has been chosen for our rare yellow-variegated Scindapsus, and it is aptly inspired by the phenomenon of the morning star observed at the onset of each day. The morning star serves as the herald of a new day, embodying the transition from night to dawn, and stands out as the most prominent and beautiful celestial body in the early morning sky.
Similarly, our Variegated Scindapsus, named "Morning Star," draws a captivating parallel with the celestial event. The dark non-variegated parts of the leaf on this unique cultivar symbolize the darkness of the evening and the silver blotches reminiscent of stars in the night sky. The variegation of the leaves reflects the delicate and intricate beauty of the morning star that we witness during the transition from night to day.
Also, we named the cultivar "Scindapsus Morning Star" because we are a nation deeply rooted in the Christian faith. We honor our Lord Jesus by recognizing Him as the Bright Morning Star, as described in Revelation 22:16 through naming of this cultivar. His presence in our lives brings brightly colored illumination into the dark and problematic times we experience. By bestowing the name 'Morning Star' upon this cultivar, we express our honor to the Lord Jesus as the Bright Morning Star who brings hope and salvation to mankind.
By naming the cultivar "Morning Star," it also serves as a constant reminder that it is solely Jesus, the Bright Morning Star, who bestows upon us these rare cultivars and grants peace in our lives. The cultivar's variegation characteristics show us that He can transform our gloomy-colored lives into a brightly colored future. The cultivar's rarity shows us that a life lived through Christ, the Bright Morning Star, is a value-given life. Ultimately, the cultivar reminds us that by Admitting our sins, Believing, and Confessing with our mouth "Jesus, the Bright Morning Star, as our Lord," we become heirs to His heavenly kingdom.
Potting Mix: It is placed on the 3 parts perlite and 1 part Wood Compost mix "Alnus"
Sunlight: It is placed on a grow light 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 Description - The leaves of this new Scindapsus variant possess distinctive features. Typically, they adopt an elongated heart shape with pointed tips. Running your fingers across their surface reveals a semi-smooth texture reminiscent of thick bond paper. These leaves can attain lengths of up to 14 centimeters and widths of approximately 10 centimeters. Their coloration is diverse, with sections appearing in bluish green color mixed with variegation in neon green color, for new leaf, to pastel yellow hue, for mature leaf. Furthermore, shiny silver patches are irregularly dispersed on the leaves, contributing to a silvery appearance with varying intensity. The variegation patterns on each leaf manifest as either splash or sectorial variegation. Some leaves exhibit minimal variegation (around 20%), while others are predominantly variegated (up to 75%).
These are additional information on the characteristic of the leaf
1. Leaf size ranges
a. Length - 10cm - 15cm
b. Width - 7cm – 12cm
2. Leaf Venation is Palmate
3. Leaf Margin is Entire
4. Leaf Shape is Ovate
5. Leaf Texture is smooth
Bloom and Fruit:
1. Leaf Color Variegation
a. New Leaf color variegation is Neon Green
b. Mature Leaf color variegation is Pastel Yellow
2. Leaf Color Non-Variegated
a. New Leaf color non-variegated part is dark bluish-green lamina
b. Mature Leaf color variegation is also dark bluish-green lamina
3. Stem Coloration - The stem has dual coloration, a green and yellow. This coloration exhibited only show the authenticity of the variegation.
4. Silver blotches – jagged silver-gray blotches are scattered and glittery silver in coloration.