Scindapsus pictus is part of the Araceae family and its native range is SE. Bangladesh to W. & Central Malesia. Leaves lay flat, are cordate in shape and green with sparse splashes of silver variegation. It’s growth habit is vining and this plant will also grow by shingling along the bark of tree trunks.
There is some confusion about where the genus name comes from, it is possibly from the Greek ‘skindapsos’ meaning upon tree trunks. The specific epithet comes from the Latin ‘pictus’ meaning painted one. ‘Argyraeus’ comes from the Latin ‘argentum’ meaning silver.
Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive. Although Scindapsus can survive in as low as 50 foot-candles, watering would have to be very infrequent in order to prevent rot and fungal infections and it would only just tolerate and survive. If this plant is receiving lower light levels, there will be larger internodal spacing.
Water: If you’re giving your plant bright indirect light, potting mix ought to be evenly moist. If your plant is positioned in a much lower light spot, allow the majority of the mix to dry out. Before watering, ensure the substrate isn’t compacted, if it is, aerate it with a few pokes of a skewer or blunt stick, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.
Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings.
Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Temperature: 15-29°C, no lower than 12°C.
Humidity: Scindapsus would prefer higher humidity but do well to adapt to average home humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.
Scindapsus are toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.