Houseplants increase productivity, boost mood, and help us concentrate. Despite having many benefits, some houseplants are challenging to maintain.
If you want a houseplant that is easy to maintain, the Scindapsus pictus plant is one of them. This natural vining plant is native to Southeast Asia. The plant is easy to grow and maintain. It is also referred to as silk pothos and silver vine.
Many gardeners and homeowners love to propagate the Scindapsus pictus plant when it becomes old or gets leggy.
Some propagate it because they want to plant it in other areas of their house. No matter the reason, this shouldn’t be a problem.
These hanging plants don’t need water or even fertilization. So, they can grow easily even after propagating them.
Procedure For Propagating Scindapsus Pictus
The first step to take when you want to propagate a Scindapsus pictus is to take a cut. Get a healthy-looking vine with several leaves and pick a piece with at least 3 to 4 leaves.
Before cutting, ensure that the piece you’ve taken has root nodes. These are important because they will produce leaves and, more importantly, roots.
For successful propagation, make sure to cut the satin pothos immediately after a root node. Ensure that every clipping has at least four leaves. Pluck the leaf that is nearest to the cut end.
After cutting the stems, you’re ready to propagate this silver vine. Nonetheless, don’t make your clippings too long. You will see roots grow in four to six weeks.
Besides, you will have to select from two Scindapsus pictus propagation methods. The first method is by propagating Scindapsus pictus using water, while the second using soil.
All of these methods are effective, but you have to select the one that seems perfect for you.
Propagating Scindapsus Pictus Using Water
This is the easiest method to have your Silk pothos cuttings to develop roots. All you need is to get a glass or vase and fill it with water.
Then, put your cut Silk pothos in the vase and place it in a brightly lit area without direct sunlight.
Next, leave your cut silk pothos plant for days and only change the water in the glass. After a short while, roots should emerge. However, propagating your
Scindapsus Pictus using water is challenging. This is because transferring it from water to soil may be a challenge as it may fail to adapt.
The trick is to plant the propagated Scindapsus as quickly as possible. When the roots emerge, transfer the plant after one to two weeks from water to soil.
But if you prefer the look of Scindapsus in water, you can opt not to transfer it to the soil. The houseplant will grow in the glass and fill it with roots.
Propagating Scindapsus Pictus In Soil
This is the best method to propagate Scindapsus pictus. The cut vine is placed in potting soil or a pot with a mixture of peat moss and coarse perlite instead of water.
Unlike the previous method, this one is quite cumbersome and requires patience. What’s more, this is the best method as there is no danger of the plant going into shock when transferred.
In the previous method, the Silk pothos can go into shock when being moved from water to soil.
If you apply this method, you will need to exercise patience and believe in the process. Unlike in water, where roots grow quickly and can be observed, this particular method takes a longer time.
The cut vine may show signs of deterioration, but you should not give up. Also, roots take longer to develop than when placed in water. Furthermore, knowing whether the roots have developed is quite challenging. You will only know when the plant starts producing new growth.
How To Maintain Your Scindapsus Plant After Propagation
After you’ve successfully propagated the Scindapsus pictus plant, you need to take good care of it for it to flourish. Here are some of the tips that you should follow to ensure that you have a beautiful and lovely hanging plant.
- Light – these plants thrive in an area with bright indirect sunlight. A little bit of sun will also be useful for them, more so morning sunlight. Thus, you should place these plants near a window that receives bright, indirect sunlight. If the sunlight is too little, this may also affect them, resulting in slow growth.
- Soil – being a rainforest plant, Scindapsus pictus plant only needs well-draining soils. That’s why they perform well in potting soil. Nonetheless, they perform better in slightly acidic pH. If the soil is not well-drained, you can improve its drainage by mixing the soil with perlite or bark.
- Water – you need to water the plant thoroughly and leave the soil to dry out before re-watering. Besides, you can also tell when to water by watching the leaves. If they droop, it’s time to water the plant.
- Temperature – since Scindapsus pictus is a tropical plant, it performs well in the tropical climate. However, the plant cannot withstand extremely cold conditions. That’s why you need to keep away your silk pothos plant from the window during winter.
- Humidity – these plants flourish in humid surroundings. Hence, you can place them in areas like the bathroom. Here, they will develop flawlessly and without any disturbance.
Propagating your Scindapsus pictus houseplant is easy as long as you know which method you want to apply.
You can either propagate the Silk Pothos using water or soil. Using water in glass allows roots to develop quickly while using soil is more reliable. Regardless of which method you select, both are effective in performance.
Apart from choosing the right propagation method, you need to provide the plant with the right conditions to grow.
Make sure that it is not in direct sunlight, the temperatures are right, and you’re propagating during the right time. Springtime is the best time to propagate your Scindapsus pictus.
We wish you all the best as you propagate your Scindapsus!