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Scindapsus Care: The Complete Guide

Scindapsus Care: The Complete Guide

The easygoing nature of this Pothos relative adds unique charm with its patterned foliage, trailing tendencies, and velvety leaves. Scindapsus are the perfect addition to any indoor collection for collectors and novices alike!

THE SCIENCE

Family: Araceae

Genus: Scindapsus

Commonly: satin pothos, silk pothos, silver pothos

THE BASICS

WATER

Scindapsus thrive in evenly moist soil. Water when the plant is about halfway dry.

Forgetful? No sweat. Scinapsus, like Pothos and Philodendrons, are pretty forgiving if you occasionally miss a soak.

LIGHT

These prefer to be in bright, indirect sunlight and though they can tolerate lower light conditions, you may notice slowed growth.

Coloring on sparkly, platinum varieties will be most vibrant with bright light!

Avoid long periods of direct sun to keep the leaves from burning.

HUMIDITY & TEMP

Scindapsus prefer warmer temps and higher humidity but can be acclimated to typical home conditions.

Ensure there is circulation near your plants to allow oxygen in the soil and be cautious of any vents blowing directly on the leaves.

THE NITTY GRITTY

SOIL

A well-draining, aerated soil is best: potting mix, perlite, orchid bark, and other chunky mediums are an excellent choice.

Repot every 1-2 years to refresh nutrients and give your plant room to grow.

Check out our signature blend, Dirt Bag – specifically mixed for aroids like these to ensure optimal soil quality and promote growth!

FERTILIZING

A balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing season will keep your Scindapsus well-fed.

Dilute to half strength or stop fertilizing in the fall and winter when the plant’s growth slows.

Incorporate our Arber Plant Food during your routine waterings to promote lush, bright foliage!

PESTS

Scindapsus are generally hardy but keep an eye out for pests like spider mites and mealy bugs.

Regularly inspect the underside of the leaves and stem joints for hiding pests.

Pro-tip: Gently wiping the leaves with a damp cloth prevents dust build-up and deters pests from setting up camp.

OTHER DEETS

PRUNING & PROPPING

Pruning your Scindapsus will help control its shape and size while promoting new growth! Remove older, yellowing leaves to encourage more energy.

Propagate stem cuttings in water or soil and share the joy of Scindapsus with fellow plant parents (or even just expand your own collection 😏).

Check out Water Propagation 101 for the how-to!