Scindapsus pictus


The scindapsus has the reputation of being one of the easiest houseplants to keep alive. It is known for its heart-shaped matte leaves, splashed with spots of iridescent gray, and fast-growing trailing vines. They are great specimens to train to climb up a coir pole, or be placed on a ledge or shelf to cascade over as a trailing plant!

LIGHT:  Scindapsus will thrive in bright, indirect light, but they are also quite tolerant of lower light.  Lower light will mean that they may start to lose their characteristic leaf markings.  Tip: If you don’t have enough natural light, you can replace with artificial light. Scindapsus grow just as well under lights as they do with indirect sun!

WATER:  Scindapsus require water every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.  It’s important not to overwater this houseplant. If you’re not sure whether your Scindapsus needs water, it’s usually better to wait.

SOIL:  Choose a nutrient-rich, well-draining potting mix. Any good quality houseplant potting mix will be suitable.  Scindapsus does poorly in wet, soggy soil.

FERTILISING:   Scindapsus can be fertilised  in the warm months of spring and summer when the plant is putting more energy into active growth.  Use a general fertiliser for use on houseplants and follow the directions for application rate and frequency. You can use less fertiliser than it recommends, but never use more.

REPOTTING:  It is important to re-pot scindapsus every 2 to 3 years if the plant has become root-bound. The new pot should be a few centimetres larger than the original pot. It’s best to re-pot in the spring.