Aglaonema, in the plant family Araceae, are a reliable crop for commercial growers and are favored by consumers for their adaptability to low light and low relative humidity levels encountered in interiorscape conditions. The genus Aglaonema, commonly known as Chinese evergreens, has been a commercially important source of tropical foliage plants since the 1930s (Smith and Scarborough, 1981). The first commercial Aglaonema cultivars were specimens collected from their native tropical habitats propagated and sold as ornamentals. Protocols to control Aglaonema flowering (Henny, 1983) and new pollination techniques (Henny, 1985) made hybridization and seed production reliable. These breeding innovations have generated many new hybrid Aglaonema cultivars over the past 20 years by both public and private breeders worldwide. Six such Aglaonema cultivars have been released previously (Henny and Chen, 2001, 2008; Henny et al., 1992, 2003, 2008) by the Foliage Plant Breeding Program at the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC) in Apopka, FL. These cultivars are very successful commercially and have become known as the “Bay” series. ‘Scenic Bay’ is the seventh Aglaonema hybrid developed tested and selected as a part of this series as shown in Figure 1.
Smith, C.N. & Scarborough, E.F. 1981 Status and development of foliage plant industries 1 39 Joiner J. Foliage plant production Prentice-Hall Engelwood Cliffs, NJ