Scindapsus (Epipremnum) - Care tips

Scindapsus

The Scindapsus is one of the most popular climbing plants to bring into your home. It’s a plant that doesn’t ask for much but you get a lot of beauty in return. Between all varieties, the Scindapsus differs in foliage but we absolutely love that. Each Scindapsus stands out in her own way so for every fan there is one!

Information about Scindapsus

The pretty Scindapsus belongs to the Araceae family and grows originally in the forests of Southeast Asia. In these big forests she loves to climb up to the bigger trees. She is also known as an Aureum, which actually means ‘on stem’ in Greek. There are approximately 35 different species and each and every one of them is beautiful in their own way.

Scindapsus varieties

One of the most common variety in this family is definitely the Scindapsus Pictus (Trebie). She shines because of the silvery layer on her leaves. These silvery aspects together with deep green veins make each leaf different. The Pictus Trebie looks a lot like the Scindapsus Argyraeus. Most people don’t even see a difference, but if you look at the two, the silver aspects on the Argyraeus are smaller, so less present. Both beauties grow super fast, so it’s really up to you which foliage you prefer.

Another species is the Scindapsus Treubii. This species is super rare and therefore really hard to find. There are two varieties of this Treubii, the Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight and the Scindapsus Treubii Nearly Black. The leaves of the Treubii species are more pointy but both varieties are absolutely stunning. The Treubii Moonlight is also known as the ‘Silver Sterling’. This is because this beauty also has that subtle silver layer on her leaves. Her dark green nerves really pop in contrast to the lighter green colour of her leaves. We’re ending the different varieties with a true jewel: Scindapsus Treubii Nearly Black. Ideal for PLNTSlovers that go crazy for plants with darker leaves. She has a real black appearance with no silver variegation. That is why she’s also called ‘Dark Form’. A rare plant that grows fast and has stunning long pointy leaves. The best thing is, because of her dark leaves, she can even grow in shadow!

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Scindapsus Care Tips

The Scindapsus is generally easy to care for, so a very good option to start with as a beginning PLNTSparent for example.

Light and placement for Scindapsus

This climber isn’t really demanding when it comes to her light and placement. Everything besides direct sunlight will satisfy her. She can even survive in the darker spots in your house. But be careful, most Scindapsus have beautiful light green leaves with white or silvery accents on her foliage. If you place these Scindapsus in shadow she will lose these patterns on her leaves. Most Scindapsus thrive on bright indirect light, just like many other plants.

Water

These pretty species love to have her soil slightly moist. But be careful because the Scindapsus is very prone to root rot which is obviously caused by too much water. Before you water your beauty again, make sure you let the top 3-4 cm dry out. You can easily check this by sticking your finger in the ground and check if the soil keeps sticking to your finger. If it does, no extra watering is necessary. The position of your Scindapsus obviously affects her water needs, so try making your own watering schedule by checking her soil with above method.

Nutrition

Extra nutrition will stimulate the growth of your Scindapsus. You can feed her with some organic fertiliser like PLNTS nutrition during spring and summer. It’s not necessary but we do recommend it as it does make your Scindapsus stronger and more beautiful. And who wouldn’t want that? It’s important to stop fertilisering during autumn and winter because that’s the common resting period for most plants, also for the Scindapsus.

Propagating a Scindapsus

The best way to propagate your favourite Scindapsus is via stem cuttings. Make sure you get a cutting with 1 to 3 leaves and at least one node on a stem. A node is a little bulb on a the stem from which new leaves will grow. You can easily let these cuttings grow roots in water or in sphagnum moss for example.

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Most common pest on Scindapsus

The Scindapsus is very prone to root rot. ‘Luckily’ this is something that you’re responsible for, as it is caused by overwatering your plant. Therefor it is always best to use pots with a drainage hole so the remaining water can drain away. Mixing perlite or hydro grains to your soil will reduce the risk because these to substrates can absorb water.

If we are talking about pests, most of the time the Scindapsus gets attacked by scale insects and spider mites. Spraying your plant with water works preventative. Are you suspecting some uninvited visitors on your plant? Check our PLNTSdoctor page to know how to get rid of these pests.

Are Scindapsus toxic for pets or children?

Unfortunately the genus Scindapsus is toxic for our beloved dogs, cats and humans. Ingestion may cause swelling of the mouth or throat and we don’t wish that on our loved ones. You can easily prevent this with placing your Scindapsus in a hanging pot or in a closed cabinet. This way you can still enjoy her beauty and will everyone around you be safe.

Buy your new Scindapsus at PLNTS.com

At PLNTS.com you can buy Scindapsus online, like the famous Scindapsus Pictus Trebie, Scindapsus Epipremnum or rare varieties like the Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight or Treubii Nearly Black. Whether you like your Scindapsus big from the start or prefer to grow them from tiny BabyPLNTS into full-grown PLNTS - we’ve got you covered!

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