This post covers Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight care and propagation. We will also explore pests, problems and growing tips.
Sterling Silver Scindapsus, or botanically known as Scindapsus Treubii ‘Moonlight’ is a relatively new houseplant and was quite difficult to find a few years ago. Around the end of 2020 it really started creating some buzz. It was definitely the “it” plant of 2021 and its popularity has not slowed down.
The Scindapsus Treubii includes a few varieties. Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight (the plant we will be covering), Scindapsus Treubii Dark Form, Scindapsus Treubii Mint, Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight Variegata and Scindapsus Treubii Albo.
Costa Farms Trending Tropicals
Sterling Silver Scindapsus is part of Costa Farms’ Trending Tropicals collection. This collection includes unique and rare houseplants.
Costa Farms Scindapsus Treubii
Costa Farms has made it available to retailers and it took them about 3.5-4 years to be able to build up their stock in order to supply large amounts of the plant around North America. This is because it is such a slow growing plant. Although the good news is that you don’t have to worry about it taking over your space.
Other than Costa Farms, you may be able to find it at small-scale nurseries or places like eBay or Etsy. I have also seen it at Lowes and Wal-Mart.
New Latin, from Greek skindapsos, meaning an ivylike tree. Occasionally misspelled as Scindapsis.
Common names for Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight:
- Sterling Silver Scindapsus
- Treubii Moonlight
- Scindapsus Moonlight
- Moonlight Pothos
- Sterling Silver Pothos
- La Plumosa (Spanish for “the feather”)
Sterling Silver Scindapsus or Scindapsus treubii ‘Moonlight’ is a close relative of Monstera, Philodendrons and Epipremnum pothos. However, it’s much less common and can be hard to find in certain regions. Additionally, leaves of Scindapsus Moonlight are much more narrow than the pictus varieties.
Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight Care
This easy-growing houseplant has been really popular the last few years, and for good reason. Specifically for its thick, heart-shaped, dark green leaves. Even more, its leaves have a stunning silver sheen with a satin-like finish.
Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight Climbing
Even though they are a much slower grower than many other varieties, they still love to climb. In fact, they will actually produce larger leaves if given a moss pole or trellis to climb in warm, bright conditions.
Also perfect hanging on a shelf or on a table. Although, be sure to keep out of reach of children and pets as they are toxic.
Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight Light
As a tropical native from the jungles of southeast Asia, Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight prefers medium to bright, indirect light. Place them in a room with lots of filtered light, or near an east-facing window. A south-facing window also works as long as it is out of direct sun, but less than three feet from the window to maximize growth potential.
While Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight prefers bright light, it can survive low light settings. However, it may tend to grow more slowly and not grow quite as full or as lush. ‘Moonlight’ may have difficulty thriving, and may even drop leaves, without sufficient light.
However, Scindapsus treubii Moonlight does not need natural sunlight to thrive. It can thrive in both natural and artificial light. Light levels ranging from 10,000-20,000 lux are preferred.
Be sure to keep out of direct sun as this may sunburn the leaves as well as cause stunted growth.
Water your plant regularly, making sure the soil dries between watering. Remember, you want the soil to be moist, not soggy.
Be sure to avoid overwatering the Scindapsus Treubii as they can experience root rot if their soil is too wet. It is possible that the leaves start to curl under if it stays too wet or too dry for extended periods. Soak the soil thoroughly but do not let the pot sit in water for prolonged periods. Additionally, make sure your pot has adequate drainage.
I prefer not to water on a schedule, rather I water when the soil is almost completely dry. Some prefer to water when the top few inches of the soil is dry before watering again. I think it really depends on your climate and conditions. Luckily it has thick leaves that allow it to hold up well if it dries out a bit too much.
Another method I use for watering Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight is by the weight of the pot. The nursery pot should be extremely light when dry. I also check the leaves. If they feel flimsy or start to curl slightly it is most likely in need of a good drink.
Last but not least, a moisture meter is quite helpful when in doubt. They are inexpensive and easy to use.
Treubii Moonlight Soil
Soil for scindapsus treubii moonlight should be porous and really well draining. This is super important because these plants are pretty sensitive to root rot. A commercial well-draining cactus or succulent soil mix is great. You can also use normal potting soil but add plenty of perlite and orchid bark. Another option is to combine equal parts of perlite, vermiculite, and sphagnum peat moss. Coco coir is a great alternative to peat moss and more eco-friendly. Whichever recipe you choose, make sure the potting mix is well-draining and does not retain too much water.
The pH level for scindapsus treubii ‘Moonlight’ should range from 5-8 pH.
Scindapsus Moonlight Temperature
As a native to tropical Asian rainforests, they thrive in warm humid environments. Temperatures between 64-77°F (18-25°C) are preferred, but they have a temperature tolerance between 55-85°F (13-30°C).
Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight are not frost hardy so bring them inside during colder months. When temps become too cold their growth may be stunted. Additionally, avoid placing your plant next to windows during cold temperatures and always avoid drafts or air conditioning vents.
Alternatively, temperatures that are too high for Moonlight Scindapsus may result in wilting leaves. Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight can be grown outdoors all year long in USDA hardiness zones 10B or above.
Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight Humidity
Although tropical Moonlight scindapsus prefers around 60% humidity, they can tolerate humidity as low as 40%. However, if you notice brown tips or crispy yellow leaves they may need an increase in humidity.
Place a humidifier nearby if necessary. A pebble tray can also help increase humidity for Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight. If misting the plant to increase humidity be sure to use distilled water to prevent mineral build-up on the leaves. This is especially helpful in drier winter months.
If you are unsure of the humidity in your home an inexpensive hygrometer can monitor the humidity and temperature. I have a few around my house and find them quite helpful
Fertilize Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight in spring and summer with a houseplant fertilizer with a higher ratio of nitrogen. A balanced ratio will also do, but I feel the extra nitrogen helps this plant stay full and lush. Always follow packaging directions as not to burn the leaves
Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight Pruning
As your Moonlight Scindapsus trails you may need to prune it back if you prefer a more tidy look. Pruning trailing vines will also encourage fuller growth on top. Make sure to use clean pruning shears or scissors. Always prune any dead or damaged leaves to keep your plant looking healthy and fresh.
Keep reading to learn more about Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight propagation.
Since Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight is such a slow grower it does not need to be repotted too often. In fact, repotting the plant too often may cause root damage and shock.
Only repot if it has outgrown its current pot or if you happen to see roots growing out of the drainage holes. Increase pot size by two inches (5 cm) and always use a pot with a drainage hole. Fill with as well-draining soil as mentioned above and wait a few days to water after repotting. This will allow any root damage to heal or callous over.
Personally, I like to repot in spring and typically use terra cotta pots (with drainage holes of course). Their porous nature absorbs water and allows excess moisture to be released from the soil more quickly.
Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight Propagation
A great way to increase your plant collection is through propagation. In fact, Scindapsus Treubii propagation is very easy to do. Moonlight Scindapsus can be propagated by division or cuttings. Cuttings can be propagated via soil or water. Let’s review the different ways to propagate.
Dividing Moonlight Scindapsus is the fastest way to propagate. I like to do so when repotting my Scindapsus.
First, gently separate the roots. Next, place in a new pot with well draining soil as mentioned above. Finally, hold off on watering for several days to allow any damaged roots to heal.
Propagating Scindapsus Treubii can easily be done by taking cuttings. It is quite similar to propagating Pothos. Although, they do not root nearly as fast as pothos.
First, use clean shears and make a cut just below a leaf node (where the roots will form) with one to two leaves above. I prefer only one leaf on my sterling silver cuttings so it can focus energy on root growth, not keeping leaves alive.
Next, place the cutting in a pot of moist soil. Equal parts Sphagnum peat moss and perlite also make an excellent substrate for Scindapsus Treubii propagation.
Then, place the pot in a zip lock bag and mist the plant. Seal up the bag to ensure humidity remains high, but leave an inch or two of the zip lock open to allow air circulation.
Finally, place it in a warm location with bright, indirect lights to allow roots to develop. Spray the plant inside the bag weekly to maintain humidity and give it some new fresh air. Moonlight Scindapsus should be fully rooted in a month or two depending on your climate and conditions. Remove the bag once roots have developed and care for your plant as instructed above.
Just like soil propagation, make a cut just below the leaf node with clean shears or scissors. Then, place cutting immediately in a glass on clean water. Replace water weekly as oxygen in the water depletes over time. Roots may take a few weeks to form.
Finally, once roots are two to three inches (5-8 cm) long plant them in a pot with well draining soil.
Scindapsus Treubii Toxicity
Unfortunately, Scindapsus Treubii is toxic to humans and pets if ingested. Specifically because of its insoluble calcium oxalates. Swelling of the tongue, mouth, and lips, as well as vomiting and diarrhea may occur. Therefore, take some precautions if located in a home with children or pets.
Place out of reach on a shelf or even in a hanging basket. Visit ASPCA for more info or call (888) 426-4435 for more info.
Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight Price
Luckily prices for Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight have come down quite a bit since its induction in 2019. Price ranges from $10 to $50, with the majority selling for around $30.
Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight For Sale
Scindapsus Treubii Problems
As with most houseplants, the common problem is typically overwatering or underwatering. Make sure you are checking the plant once a week to see if it needs watering, but then only watering when it is completely dry. Luckily, Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight has very few problems and if caught early, problems can be corrected.
Although rare, Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight is susceptible to common indoor houseplant pests such as mealybugs, aphids, spider mites, and scale. Routinely check Moonlight for signs of an infestation.
It can be helpful to know what to look for when identifying pests. Mealybugs look like small bits of cotton on the leaves. Aphids are usually a bright, vivid green color and leave a sticky substance. They like gathering on baby leaves or the underside of leaves. Spider mites look like tiny light dots on the underside of leaves.
Fortunately, only a few diseases plague Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight. As with most houseplants, if the soil stays too wet for too long the plant is susceptible to root rot. The same is the case for Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight.
Overwatered plants combined with poor drainage is the perfect storm for root rot. Excess moisture becomes trapped in the soil, ultimately breeding bacteria. Leaves will wilt and yellow and may eventually turn black.
Root rot may be remedied if you act fast. First, remove your Scindapsus Treubii from its pot and gently shake away excess soil. Next, cut off any black and mushy roots with sanitized shears. Finally, repot your Scindapsus Moonlight in fresh, well draining soil and hold off on watering for a bit.
Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight Yellow Leaves
There are several reasons why Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight will develop yellow leaves, but the most common culprit is overwatering. At the first sign of yellow leaves, make sure the soil is not overly wet. If your soil seems dry and leaves are yellow and brittle, inadequate watering may be the cause.
If you do not suspect improper watering to be the cause, low humidity may also be to blame. Increase humidity as suggested above.
Additionally, yellow leaves with black spots may be from a fungal problem. Increase airflow and use a fungicide spray.
Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight Curling
Curling leaves on your Scindapsus Moonlight is commonly due to lack of moisture in the soil or air. Increase water and/or humidity to remedy the problem.
Overwatering Scindapsus Treubii can also cause leaf curling. If the soil is completely dry you may need to give your plant a big drink.
Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight Leaves Drooping
Drooping Scindapsus Moonlight leaves may be the result of insufficient water, too much heat or insufficient sunlight.
An underwatered Scindapsus Treubii may cause drooping or wilted foliage. Soak the soil and leaves should perk back up in a day or two.
If temperatures are too high for Treubii Moonlight the leaves may droop or wilt. Temperatures ranging from 64-77°F (18-25°C) are ideal.
Insufficient light may also upset your Moonlight Scindapsus. Bright, indirect light is preferred.
Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight Brown Tips
Overwatering, poor drainage, and high levels of salts in the soil can all cause brown tips on your Scindapsus Moonlight. Water when the soil is dry, use well-draining soil and water with distilled water (rain water is great too) if necessary.
Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight vs Silver Sword
Indeed Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight and Silver Sword are both stunning houseplants. Both are low maintenance and easy to care for. Although Scindapsus Moonlight is a climbing plant. Whereas Silver Sword is more bushy and compact.
Scindapsus Treubii FAQ’s
Is Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight Rare?
Yes, Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight is quite rare. It’s a beautiful variegated form of the Satin Pothos and usually has white or cream-colored leaves with green margins. If you’re looking for one, your best bet is to check with specialty nurseries or plant sellers.
How fast does Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight grow?
Scindapsus Moonlight plants can take several years to reach their full size. Of course this may vary with climate and conditions. The closer you can get to conditions in their natural habitat, the faster they will grow.
How tall does Scindapsus Treubii grow?
When placed in ideal conditions Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight can grow 6 to 8 feet (1.5-2.5 m) tall. A sphagnum moss pole that replicates its natural vining habit will help it to grow taller. Oval or heart-shaped leaves can grow as long as 5 to 24 inches (12-60 cm).
How to make Scindapsus Treubii grow faster?
Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight will grow best in conditions that mimic its native jungle habitat. Warm temperatures, bright, indirect light, high humidity, proper fertilizer and growing supports will help it thrive.
Does Scindapsus Treubii like to be root bound?
Treubii Moonlight prefers to be slightly root bound. Therefore, do not select a pot that is too big for your plant.
How to stake Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight?
A sphagnum moss pole is a great way to support your trailing climber. It will also increase the leaf size when allowed to sufficiently climb. Using a pole with organic material will allow Scindapsus Moonlight’s aerial roots to form.
Is Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight a Pothos?
Although both members of the Araceae family, Treubii Moonlight is not a Pothos plant. Often incorrectly referred to as Satin Pothos ‘Moonlight’.
Is Treubii Moonlight a Philodendron?
Although a relative of philodendrons, Scindapsus Moonlight is not a Philodendron.
What is the rarest Scindapsus?
Scindapsus Treubii Dark form is currently the most rare Scindapsus.
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