I was the fortunate recipient of a legacy last week. A legacy of the colorful kind. More specifically, the hybrid Aglaonema Legacy. An early Christmas gift from one of the nurseries that I frequently visit.
The Aglaonema is a genus native to Southeast Asia. A number of species are native to the Philippines. These plants are popular houseplants because they tolerate neglect and as an added bonus, are also resistant to pests.
These herbaceous perennial plants are now known as "Queen of Leaves" because of the many colors of its leaves. Mr. Gregory Hambali, from West Java, is known for introducing the "Pride of Sumatra" to the public in 1985. Since then, numerous hybrids/cultivars have been produced. The Legacy appears to be from Thailand but please correct me if I'm wrong.
Its stems are pale pink and white with faint striations, reminding me of peeled rhubarb.
The planting medium I use is a coconut peat and rice hull mix but anything can be used as long as it does not allow the water to stagnate. My Legacy is positioned under the eaves where it only gets direct early morning sunlight.
Aglaonema does not tolerate direct sunlight. It is prone to root rot so care must be taken not to overwater.
Collectors are said to wipe the leaves with coconut milk to give it a shine and to make the colors stand out. I did not have any coconut milk on hand but I think my plants leaves look wonderful regardless.
I know I promised no more unfurling leaves but this is a completely different look from unfurling fronds so I've decided to post it. I can't wait to see what pattern the leaf will have.
I will pass this Legacy on to my children and the good thing about it is that I don't have to dig out my old law books to look for the formal requisites of a will. No probate proceedings required here.