Scindapsus treubii is a beautiful, rare group of plants that are increasingly in demand for plant collectors across the globe.
The reason for the appeal? Their satin-like leaves that have a lovely silvery sheen to them.
These thick, silvery-green leaves are where they get their nickname “sterling silver.”
However, their leaves alone are not the only reason many are drawn to the plant. Once you get your hands on one, you’ll find that not only is it lovely to look at, it’s also really easy to care for!
This plant comes in two varieties, the Scindapsus treubii moonlight, and the Scindapsus dark form. Both are rare; however, the dark form is easily the rarer of the two and can be challenging to find.
|Botanical Name||Scindapsus treubii|
|Common Name||Sterling Silver and treubii ‘Moonlight’|
|Size||can climb upwards of 6-8 feet|
|Pet Friendly||No, Toxic to pets|
Scindapsus Treubii Origin
Scindapsus plants are native to Southeast Asia, New Guinea, Queensland, and a few western Pacific islands.
Scindapsus treubii, specifically, is native to the tropical rainforests of Asia.
They are vining plants and, as such, are often found climbing trees and growing along the rainforest floor in their natural habitat.
Their aerial roots serve as anchors that allow them to fix themselves to nearby branches and brambles that support them as they climb.
Scindapsus treubii plants are evergreen, meaning they stay green and lush year-round – a perk if you’re keeping it as an ornamental house plant!
They have smooth stems and oval-shaped leaves. Though they are slow-growing, they can grow quite large, as long as 6-8 feet, if given proper conditions.
How to Care for Scindapsus Treubii
These plants are quite rare, so if you are able to find one, be sure to take good care of it! The great thing about Scindapsus treubii is that, in general, they are hardy, low-maintenance plants.
Overall, their tropical nature cues what environmental factors they prefer to grow well. Keep reading for an overview of its care requirements below.
Light and Temperature
Scindapsus treubii plants enjoy bright, indirect sunlight. Like many tropical plants, in their native habitat, they live beneath a canopy of trees that filter the hot, tropical sun.
In your home, try to mimic this environment. Make sure your plant has access to bright light, but take care that it is filtered to avoid scorching your plant’s leaves.
Try placing it near a west or east-facing window to ensure it gets the light it needs.
If you keep your plant outdoors, be sure that it’s not in direct sunlight all day.
Too little light will stunt your plant’s growth.
Though Scindapsus treubii plants can adapt to temperature reasonably well, they prefer warmer temperatures with lots of humidity.
If your plant’s leaves are yellowing, this is often an indication that its environment is not humid enough.
If you live in a dry area, consider putting a humidifier in the room where your plant is. Or mist it every several days with a water bottle to give it some of the humidity it likes.
If you choose to mist your plant, do so in the morning. This timing will ensure that the moisture evaporates before the evening and help avoid fungal growth.
You can also create a pebble tray to put beneath your plant to help increase humidity.
To create a pebble tray, simply fill a small, shallow tray with pebbles. Fill it with water. Make sure the pebbles are not entirely covered so that the plant can sit on top. You want to be sure that your plant is not sitting directly in water but, instead, rests on the pebbles inside the tray.
As the water evaporates, it will increase humidity around your plant.
Try not to expose your plant to temperatures lower than 55 degrees.
If you keep your plant outdoors, be sure to bring it inside if temperatures drop lower than that.
Do not put your plant by a vent or window where it can be exposed to drafts. (This is a good rule of thumb for most plants!)
Scindapsus treubii is a group of tropical plants, so they don’t respond well to drought. However, you likely don’t need to water your plant as much as you think you do.
Too much moisture will cause root rot and can be fatal for your plant. It can also attract pests and potentially encourage fungal growth.
Make sure your plant’s pot has well-draining soil, as well as good drainage holes to help avoid extra moisture accumulating in the soil.
Before watering your plant, always make sure the top two inches of its soil are dry. You can use your finger to test this or purchase a soil meter to help you measure the moisture levels of your plant more precisely.
If your plant’s leaves have begun to curl, that is likely a sign that it needs to be watered. Some people wait until they see this to water their plant, but you really don’t need to wait that long.
Simply check your plant regularly and water it when it feels dry. Though if you do see its leaves begin to curl, you can use that as a definite indication that it needs some hydration.
Fertilize your plant monthly during the growing season (spring and summer) using a houseplant fertilizer and refrain from fertilizing in the winter.
A 20-10-10 fertilizer is suitable. Using a fertilizer high in nitrogen can help support the growth of the plant’s foliage.
Organic fertilizers, like vermiculite, fish emulsion, or kelp, may be preferred options, as they tend to create less salt buildup in the soil than synthetic fertilizers.
Scindapsus treubii is part of the Araceae family, so they have the ability to flower; however, this is very rarely seen when they are houseplants.
Don’t count on your plant producing flowers for you, and instead, enjoy its lovely, satin leaves!
Regular pruning of your plant is not necessary for Scindapsus treubii.
You likely won’t need to prune your plant unless you are trying to control its growth. When pruning to alter the shape of your plant, only do so in the growing season.
You can also prune away dead or dying leaves for aesthetic purposes or as needed, using sharp, clean pruning shears throughout the year.
Scindapsus treubii plants grow very slowly. That, and the fact that they like to be slightly root bound, means that you won’t have to repot it very much.
Only repot your plant if its roots begin to peek out of its drainage holes.
If your plant is receiving proper sunlight and water, and its leaves begin to curl, this can also be a sign that it’s ready for a newer, larger pot.
They aren’t terribly picky about their soil type. A mix of potting soil, orchid bark, and perlite would work well. Overall, it’s just necessary that the soil be well-draining.
When repotting your plant, remove it from its container and gently break up the dirt around the roots.
After placing it in its new potting container with fresh soil, water it thoroughly so that water flows out of the drainage holes.
Terracotta pots are an excellent option to hold your plant, as they absorb some of the water from your plant’s soil, helping it avoid overwatering and keeping the moisture levels in the soil even.
As your plant grows, it will thrive if given a support structure on which it can climb. Consider purchasing a bamboo pole or a trellis for your plant to climb on.
It is not recommended to use Scindapsus treubii as a hanging plant.
Pests & Disease
Scindapsus treubii plants are pest and disease-resistant, so both of these problems are quite rare.
However, some pests might become a problem from time to time. Infestation is often caused by overwatering or if your plant is near another plant with an infection.
It’s recommended that you periodically wipe your plant’s leaves of dust to help them stay healthy. This cleaning will also allow you to inspect your plant for any signs of disease.
If you notice pests or damage to your plant, purchase insecticide from your local nursery. You can then wash your plant with insecticidal soap and water.
To prevent pest infestation, spray your plant down with diluted neem oil. Neem oil is an excellent defense against all common plant pests.
How to Propagate Scindapsus Treubii
Most growers prefer to propagate their Scindapsus treubii plants by cuttings in soil.
Cuttings propagated in water often tend to struggle to transition from the water to soil.
If you want to propagate your plant, it is recommended that you begin the process in spring, near the beginning of its growing season.
To propagate your plant:
- Take a clean, sharp pair of pruning shears and cut off several branches (or however many cuttings you prefer), ensuring that there is at least one node on the stem from which the new growth can start. These cuttings should be 3-4 inches in length, at least.
- Clear away leaves from the bottom of the cutting, leaving at least one.
- Place the cutting in a small pot filled with a mixture of appropriate, well-draining soil, ensuring the node is completely covered.
- Moisten the soil and cover the plant with a humidity dome (i.e., a plastic bag that will preserve the humidity).
- Place the cutting in a bright, warm place.
- Your cutting should begin to root in a couple of weeks. Remove the humidity dome when you are sure it has rooted (it will feel secure when given a light tug).
- After 3 to 4 months, you can move your plant to a more permanent home.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Scindapsus Treubii rare?
Scinapdsus treubii plants are rare to find in nurseries, especially the dark form.
Costa Farms rolled them out as a part of their trending tropicals last season. Since then, they have become much more popular and slightly easier to find, as more growers are propagating and selling online.
They are now more commonly found online but are still considered rare.
Is Scindapsus Treubii a philodendron?
Scindapsus treubii are not philodendrons.
While they are both a part of the Araceae family, they are in different genuses.
Is Scindapsus Treubii easy to grow?
Yes! Scindapsus treubii plants are easy to grow. While they are rare to find, once you do have one, you will be pleased to know that it is very low-maintenance.
Is Scindapsus Treubii toxic to pets?
Unfortunately, Scindapsus treubii is highly toxic to pets and animals.
It is recommended that you keep them out of reach of your pets and small children.
How to deal with transportation stress
Scindapsus treubii is rare, so you will almost certainly purchase it from an online seller. Because of this, it’s important to think about how transportation affects your plant when you first receive it.
In general, it’s best not to purchase your plant when the weather is very cold or very hot. More moderate temperatures will help minimize stress and potential damage to your plant during transport.
Once you receive your plant, unpack it immediately and inspect it. Its leave will likely be drooping. That is normal.
However, if you notice any mold growth, treat your plant with neem oil and place it somewhere with indirect light and good circulation.
If the soil is dry, give it a good drink.
Do not repot your plant right away. Give it some time to settle before putting it into a new pot.
You should also wait to fertilize it for at least a couple of weeks.
Don’t fret if your plant drops its leaves or shows signs of yellowing. These responses are likely to occur while the plant is adjusting to its new home!
Most gardeners recommend waiting about a month before planting your Scindapsus Treubii plant in its final home.
The Scindapsus treubii are beautiful, unique plants that are becoming more popular with plant lovers worldwide.
They are rare plants, so you may have to hunt a little to find one, but once you do, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful plant that has low-maintenance care.
Simply take care that your plant has the proper (indirect) sunlight it needs and always check before you water it, and you should have yourself a lovely addition to your plant collection for years to come.
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