Scindapsus 'Scindapsus Pictus Lakambini'
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Jezreel & Sheila Mae Ringor
Aislinn Chuahiock & Nico Morilla
Base Species or Cultivar:
Scindapsus Pictus Silver Lady
From the city of La Union Philippines, the specimen was growing in the garden of the Ringor family. Cuttings were sold to Mr. Nico Morilla and Aislinn Chuahiock.
Lakambini originates from the Filipino word Lakan, which traditionally means "ruler", associated with high-ranking nobility during pre-colonial times. Lakambini is the female counterpart/wife or partner of a Lakan. In modern times, Lakambini is an accepted term for muse, a queen, or the winner of a pageant. It is synonymous to beauty and grace.
The Scindapsus Pictus Lakambini displays no significant deviation in growth rate or general behavior from the Silver Lady. As the Lakambini is variegated, we have observed that it enjoys bright indirect sunlight to keep its robust colours, it thrives in an environment that has good air circulation, temperatures between 25-30C, and with humidity between 50-65%.
Watering should not be overdone. We have determined that the Lakambini (or the Silver Lady in general) is better off in a fast draining soil, loose mix. Our biggest issue has always been root rot especially during propagation stages. This is something we uniquely experience with the Lakambini vs other variegated Scindapsus. The Lakambini is comfortable in loose and fast draining media - we use a well draining mix of generous perlite, 30% trusted garden soil mix, and coco cubes. We fertilize only with slow release osmocote.
The Lakambini leaves display no difference from a standard Silver Lady in shape and size (ranging from 10 to 15cm). Its leaves are gorgeously large, thick, elongated, and tapers to a narrow point. Its silver splashing is still a prevailing characteristic that is visible even in variegated areas.
Bloom and Fruit:
With 4 generations of propagations, we have confirmed that the variegations are stable in varying degrees. From specimens that give us a splash of variegation to specimens that continuously churn out half-moons, new/Young leaves will display its variegation as a lime colored patch which evolves to a buttery yellow hue, then naturally taming into a pastel yellow as it ages. The stems will have the recognizable striping that indicates variegation.
Overall, an easy plant that can be raised indoors as long as ample lighting is provided.