Scindapsus 'Tong Hong'
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Aaron John Siy
Base Species or Cultivar:
: This cultivar is a yellow variegated sport of one of the forms of Scindapsus pictus. The originator discovered the 11 leaves plant at a Facebook bidding site, “Rare Plants Bidding” of August 15, 2021. The plant came from Pangasinan, Philippines and was sent to Angeles City, Pampanga to be propagated. It was originally a 7 leaves plant and exhibited the yellow variegation that has persisted across plants propagated from it via cuttings.
Tong Hong is a Chinese Word meaning Far East. The word can be interchanged into Tong Fang, which also means Far East. We named it as TONG HONG since the word described that it came from the Far East, Philippines. We chose to convert it to Chinese Language due to the Namer’s Chinese Bloodline.
: Like the base species, this cultivar is a climber. However it can be grown in hanging pots as well, like its often done in horticulture. It has been grown in a general aroid mix, usually contains Perlite, Wood Compost, Pumice, Leca Balls, Charcoal bits. The ground pH measured between 5.1-5.5 where it was grown and when terrestrially grown it tends to develop larger leaves compared to its potted counterparts.
Leaf Blade: Length: Young leaves are between 3.0 inches; Mature leaves are about 4.25 inches.
Width: Young leaves are between 2.0 inches; Mature leaves are about 3.25 inches.
This cultivar is characterized by flat, ovate-cordiform shaped leaves with acute apices and cordate bases. Its leaves are arranged in an alternating fashion and are attached to the stem in a petiolate manner. Venation is pinnate.
It exhibits a smooth and matte leaf lamina with raised sections where there are silver patterns. It is unlike the cultivar Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’ because it exhibits white variegation. However, like the ‘Exotica’, it still retains the green base color with silver patterns.
Bloom and Fruit:
Not observed yet.
This cultivar is distinguished from other cultivars of Scindapsus pictus like ‘Exotica’ because of its display of yellow variegation on its leaf blades.
The Variegation of the plant that emerges in leaves are light yellow at first. The variegation of the leaf will become bright yellow once the leaf becomes mature and has produced it initial aerial roots. As the leaves becomes old, the variegated leaf becomes light mint green and will become permanent. The light mint variegation persist as long as the leaf exist and even after propagation through stem cutting, the minty color is still in effect. All-yellow leaves appear to grow best when left in bright light conditions.
The variegation of each leaf differs from one leaf to another and one can consider it as a random variegation. The petioles and the stems of this cultivar DOES NOT display any alternation of color or variegation. The stem of the leaves does not contain the stripe that are usual in variegated leaves. Its stem is plain green even if the variegation of the plant is visible. Variegation can range from a Slight yellow variegation in the side of the leaf to the entire leaf (in what is commonly known as “full moon” variegation)