How to Care for Your Sterling Silver Scindapsus

CREDIT: BY BRITTANY GOLDWYN
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Definitely the ‘It’ Plant of 2021! It’s not the easiest houseplant to get your hands on because it can be difficult to find and expensive, as well. Learn how to care for your Sterling Silver Scindapsus, aka “Sterling Silver.”

As passionate plant collectors, we are always looking to step up our houseplant game. We are always hunting gorgeous, hardy, and low-maintenance plants that will brighten up our home, which is why we are going to introduce Sterling Silver Scindapsus or Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight, aka “Sterling Silver,” to you. Yes, you might have heard of this very expensive and very rare (you read that right) easy-to-grow houseplant.

Sterling Silver Scindapsus, or botanically known as Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight, is one of the ‘it’ plants of 2021. Nurseries and plant collectors would always hunt for this rare houseplant because of its gorgeous thick, dark-green leaves that have a showy silver sheen. Unfortunately, it sells out fast, so adding Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight into your collection can be difficult.

Fun Fact: Sterling Silver Scindapsus or Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight is a close relative of MonsteraPhilodendron, and Pothos. It’s a slow-growing houseplant that you can train to climb up a trellis or totem. Sterling Silver Scindapsus is part of Costa Farms’ Trending Tropicals collection.

Sterling Silver Scindapsus or Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight originated in the rainforests and tropical jungles of Southeast Asia, however, they are also native to the Pacific Islands and Queensland. Sterling Silver Scindapsus is a super-unique houseplant that’s hard-to-find, so they are only available for a limited time at nurseries and plant stores.

Sterling Silver Scindapsus grows in any well-draining potting mix. If you’d like, you can add compost or organic matter to help them flourish. However, if you are planning to add compost, orchid bark, or perlite to its soil, make sure they are in equal parts to help encourage drainage and further lighten the soil.

Sterling Silver Scindapsus grows pretty slowly. Seriously, you will need a lot of patience to grow a Sterling Silver. Repotting a Sterling Silver Scindapsus would happen maybe once every few years. It also depends on how optimal the growing conditions are.

Here’s everything you need to know on how to care for your Sterling Silver Scindapsus.

Botanical NameScindapsus Treubii Moonlight
Common NameSterling Silver or treubii ‘Moonlight’
Plant SizeInformation not available.
However, if you allow it to climb, Sterling Silver Scindapsus’ leaves can reach their full size.
Types of Sterling Silver ScindapsusNone
SunlightSterling Silver Scindapsus prefers bright, indirect light. It will also thrive in a spot with lots of filtered light, such as in an east-facing window.
WaterAllow the top two inches of the soil to dry out before watering again.
HumiditySterling Silver Scindapsus’ ideal humidity is around 60%, but it can thrive in humidity levels as low as 40%.
TemperatureIts ideal temperature range is 65°F to 75°F. It can also tolerate cooler temperatures, except below freezing.
ToxicitySterling Silver Scindapsus is toxic to pets. It can cause swelling of the oral tissues and other parts of the gastrointestinal tract.
FoodFeed your Sterling Silver Scindapsus in spring and summer with a fertilizer formulated for use on houseplants.
Pests and ProblemsAvoid overwatering. Never let it sit in soggy soil as this can cause its leaves to drop or root rot.
Omysa Plant Care TipKeep it moist by misting it often with water and to prevent mineral deposits on its leaves.

Sterling Silver Scindapsus Care Tips

Sterling Silver Scindapsus is one of the easiest to grow houseplants, even for a beginner. It’s ideal for most indoor environments, and it’s a bit drought-tolerant too! Prune your Sterling Silver Scindapsus by pinching back the new growth to encourage it to branch and become fuller.

Sterling Silver Scindapsus can be easily propagated using stem cuttings. Since it’s a slow-growing houseplant, we do not recommend water propagation because its roots won’t grow as quickly or strongly. Plus, it will suffer shock when you transplant it to the soil.

Spring is the best time to propagate your Sterling Silver Scindapsus. Here are the complete steps to propagate your Sterling Silver Scindapsus, according to By Brittany Goldwyn.

  • Choose a stem that has at least one node, and cut it right under the node.
  • Remove the bottom leaves, if there are any, but leave one or two at the top.
  • Fill a cup with a mixture of moist sphagnum moss and perlite.
  • Put the cutting nodes-side down a few inches deep.
  • Make sure the moss remains moist, and cover it with a plastic bag to increase the humidity.
  • Put it in a bright, warm area.
  • After a few weeks, you can check if the roots have grown.
  • After a few months, the roots should be strong enough to transplant the cutting to the soil.
  • After transplanting, water it and put it back in its spot.

Follow our guide on how to care for your Sterling Silver Scindapsus, from sunlight requirement to common problems and its solutions.

Sunlight

First, on our list on how to care for your Sterling Silver Scindapsus is to provide it with bright, indirect sunlight. As we have mentioned, it also prefers a room with lots of filtered light, such as in an east-facing window.

Avoid growing your Sterling Silver Scindapsus outdoors because it can be difficult to adjust how much sunlight it will receive. Plus, growing your Sterling Silver Scindapsus outdoors could risk burning its leaves.

Common Problem: If the color of the leaves of your Sterling Silver Scindapsus is fading, this could mean that it’s getting too much direct sun.

Solution: Place your Sterling Silver Scindapsus in a room with lots of filtered light, such as in an east-facing window. If your Sterling Silver Scindapsus is getting too much direct sun, it will cause the leaves to fade. However, if it isn’t getting enough light, it will grow even slower.

Water

Next on our list on how to care for your Sterling Silver Scindapsus is to water it when the top two inches of the soil is dry. Usually, once a week is enough. Plus, it depends on the type of light your plant is receiving. It’s important to avoid overwatering it since it can lead to root rot.

Common Problem: If your Sterling Silver Scindapsus’ leaves start curling, it could be a sign of underwatering.

Solution: Sterling Silver Scindapsus can go quite a while without water, a sign of underwatering is when its leaves start curling. Check if the top two inches of the soil are dry. If it is, then it’s time to water your Sterling Silver Scindapsus.

Some houseplants can be sensitive to salts in tap water, so it’s best to use distilled water or a water filtration system. However, if this is not possible, leave the water in an open container overnight.

Humidity & Temperature

Adding to our list on how to care for your Sterling Silver Scindapsus is to put it in a room with a bit more humidity, such as around 60% humidity levels since it will grow best in a humid environment. In case you want to increase the humidity, we suggest that you mist it often, place it near a humidifier, or use a pebble tray.

Sterling Silver Scindapsus prefers room temperature, between 65°F to 75°F. It can also tolerate cooler temperatures, except below freezing.

Toxicity

Sterling Silver Scindapsus is considered poisonous or toxic to kids, people, and pets. Once ingested, it can cause swelling of the oral tissues and other parts of the gastrointestinal tract.

Food

Another on our list on how to care for your Sterling Silver Scindapsus is to feed it in spring and summer with a fertilizer formulated for use on houseplants, such as fish fertilizer. Avoid over-fertilization since it can lead to brown leaf tips.

It’s important to follow the prescribed amount of fertilizer and schedule to avoid fertilizer burn or plant burn.

Pests & Other Problems

Overwatering is the main problem of Sterling Silver Scindapsus as it can cause root rot, which may lead to the plant’s death. Always check if the soil is dry or soggy. Allow the top two inches of soil to dry out completely before watering again. We recommend increasing the humidity levels and maintaining a correct watering schedule.

That’s a wrap on how to care for your Sterling Silver Scindapsus. If you are looking for a new plant to add to your collection, consider getting a Sterling Silver Scindapsus!

Check out our Plant Care blog to learn more about different houseplants and tips on how to keep your plants alive and healthy.

Whatever houseplant you choose to transform your home into a lively oasis, you’ll definitely need a stylish planter to display your plant baby in. No matter what your style, there’s an Omysa planter that will be perfect with your garden and home’s décor. From ceramics to fiberstone, check out Omysa’s Shop and add it to your cart!

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