From Silver Splash to Dark Form: A Guide to Scindapsus Care
Are you a lover of all things vining? Tired of your pothos and ready for something with a little more *pizzaz*? Today we're diving into the Scindapsus plant family, and I think you’re going to love it!
Scindapsus plants are native to Southeast Asia and are characterized by their vining growth habit, heart-shaped leaves, and splashy variegated patterns. They're incredibly versatile and can be grown as hanging plants or trained to climb up trellises or moss poles.
When it comes to water, Scindapsus plants prefer to be watered thoroughly once the soil has dried at least halfway, if not more. If you struggle with knowing when to water, err on the side of underwatering instead of overwatering. Scindapsus are great in that they’ll communicate their thirst with curling leaves. Always avoid letting the plant sit in water or waterlogged soil.
In terms of light, Scindapsus prefer bright, indirect light. However, they can adapt to moderate light levels. Avoid direct sunlight, as this can scorch those beautiful leaves.
For soil, a well-draining potting mix is key. Scindapsus plants prefer soil that's rich in organic matter, but not too heavy or compacted. Remember, they don’t want to be sitting in water for long periods of time!
Humidity is beneficial but not required for Scindapsus. They will acclimate well to household humidity levels just fine if you don’t have a humidifier nearby.
Propagating Scindapsus Plants
What's better than a plant that easily makes more plants? Not much, in my opinion! You can easily propagate your Scindapsus through stem cuttings.
Choose a healthy stem that has at least two or three nodes and cut the stem just below a node using a sharp, sterile knife or scissors. Remove the lower leaves to expose the lower nodes and place your cutting in a small jar of water in a place that gets bright, indirect light.
Within a few weeks you should see roots forming! Be sure to change the water once a week and wait until you have a least several inches of root growth before repotting into a well-draining potting mix. If you have questions, we're here to help! Call us, DM us on Instagram, or stop into the shop.
With their beautiful patterns and easy care, Scindapsus are perfect for anyone looking to add a touch of green to their home or office. Which one will you add to your plant collection?
The Scindapsus exotica, pictured above, boasts gorgeously variegated leaves, with bright, prominent silver variegation that takes over most of the leaf. It’s a striking option for anyone who loves unique, yet easy-to-care-for vining plants.
Scindapsus Jade Satin
This beauty has wide, heart-shaped leaves in a lovely shade of green. Look closely, and you’ll see slight veining through the leaf that adds dimension.
Scindapsus Silver Splash
This Scindapsus can easily be mistaken for the exotica. It’s splashed with mottled silver throughout the leaf but is slightly more subtle than the exotica. This variety will definitely add some dimension to your collection of green.
Scindapsus Truebii Moonlight
Another popular member of the Scindapsus family is the truebii moonlight. Instead of wide, heart-shaped leaves, this plant offers a more elongated leaf. People buy it for the glossy, silvery greenish-blue hue and love it for its easy care.
Scindapsus Truebii Dark Form
If you’re into those ~moody~ vibes, the truebii dark form is a great choice. This Scindapsus has pointed, deep green leaves that can appear almost black in certain lighting. Pair it with a black pot for dark vibes or a light-colored pot to really let those leaves be the showstopper in the room.
Scindapsus Pictus Argyraeus
Sometimes referred to as a satin pothos, this velvety green leaf is flecked with silver in a more demure way than the silver splash or exotica. But don’t be fooled, the argyraeus is stunning to look at, especially when overflowing in a hanging pot.
Scindapsus Silver Hero
If the Scindapsus truebii moonlight just isn't quite *fancy* enough for you, try the silver hero! This plant's silver leaves are matte and sparkly, perfect for anyone who loves a little glamour in their lives. So, everyone.
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No matter which Scindapsus plant you choose, all varieties of this family are simple to care for. They make a great step up from other beginner house plants and provide some major interest with their silver splashes and vining habit.
Which one do you like most? I currently have the truebii moonlight and exotica, with the dark form and argyraeus next on my list!
Come see us this weekend for the best pick of the many Scindapsus varieties in store. We also have a huge variety of cute new pot options that are sure to fit anyone's style. Find the Scindapsus that speaks to you and let us repot it for free when you pick up the plant and pot together!