How Do You Care For Scindapsus Officinalis?

How do you care for Scindapsus Officinalis?

The genus Scindapsus contains a species of plants called Scindapsus Officinalis. The plants, which are known for their purple flowers and for being quite easy to grow, might be grown in various conditions and zones. The following are the aspects when caring Scindapsus Officinalis;


Light is an important aspect to take care of plants. Scindapsus Officinalis thrive well in bright indirect/shade light. In shade, the plant produces small flowers that have purple tones. So if shade is lacking, it offers the best flowering plants. The plant prefers bright light conditions. Scindapsus Officinalis do well in outdoor conditions where direct light are not a problem. Growing them indoors also works fine.


Scindapsus Officinalis requires moderate watering to stay healthy and robust. During summer season, they need more water than during winter season.  Scindapsus Officinalis can be grown in a waterlogged condition, but is advisable to avoid it. In the case of low lighting condition, the plant do not require more water than they receive.

Watering Scindapsus Officinalis should occur when the outer leaves start to become slightly dry. During hot months, watering should be done more frequently than cold months.


Scindapsus Officinalis grow well in a soil containing soft moisture. Soil with sclerophyllic properties are not a problem for the plant. Fertilization

Attention should be paid to fertilization. Plants over time can become deficient in certain nutrients, especially iron. Scindapsus Officinalis weakens when it receives too much iron, which interferes with the growth of leaves and stems. Thus, iron is suggested to be a part of the fertilizer for Scindapsus Officinalis plants.


In order to keep Scindapsus Officinalis healthy and vigorous, they should be repotted every 2-3 years. The best time to repot Scindapsus Officinalis is during spring or during the early summer, when growth is fastest.


Scindapsus Officinalis thrive well in moderate to warm conditions. Ideal temperature ranges are between 15°C – 35°C. Temperature fluctuations of 10°C or more can damage Scindapsus Officinalis’s stems and leaves.


Scindapsus Officinalis should be kept in a moderately humid environment, but not saturated with water. A relative humidity of 40% is ideal for the plant’s growth and health. If the environment is too dry, leaves and stems of the plant begin to wilt.


Scindapsus Officinalis can be propagated by seeds or cuttings. Propagation by seed is best done in the spring. The seeds can be then germinated in a well-lit room, until they are ready to use. When grown from seed, Scindapsus Officinalis might take up to 4 months before they show any signs of growth. The plants grow well when propagated by cuttings; however, the process takes longer than from seed.

Is Scindapsus Officinalis Rare?

Scindapsus Officinalis is a rare plant. There are several reasons as to why the plant is not that popular among people and is rare. The plant has major issues with reproduction, making it difficult to repopulate the species.

The propagation of the plant is very difficult, thus making it one of the rarer plants in existence. Despite its uncommonness, Scindapsus Officinalis is a plant rich in beauty and vigor. The plant is also not common to tropical climates, and requires moderate to warm conditions. The species of plants can be found thriving in tropical zones, where the climate is warm with a temperature ranging from 15°C – 35°C.

Transportation of Scindapsus Officinalis is also difficult, due to its physiology and structure. Transportation and repotting are also difficult processes for Scindapsus Officinalis plants as both require soil removal from the roots.

Why Scindapsus Officinalis leaves turning yellow?

Scindapsus Officinalis, like other trees and plants, has an ability to turn yellow leaves over time. This is a natural process that the plant goes through. The following are reasons for yellowish leaves;

Overwatering: If Scindapsus Officinalis receives too many periods of water, yellowish leaves will be the end result. Overwatering can be caused by over watering the plant, or watering it too often. When this happens, the leaves turn yellow because of the excessive loss of nutrients from their veins. If your Scindapsus Officinalis is receiving too many periods of water and over watering, you should reduce the amount of water you give it until its normal color returns.

Underwatering: Watering Scindapsus Officinalis too much, or watering it too often can lead to yellowish leaves. This is because if the plant is receiving too many periods of water, there will be a lot of damage on its roots and lower leaves.

Inadequate light: Scindapsus Officinalis require a lot of light in order to grow and reproduce. If the growth of the plant is slowed down because of insufficient light, yellowish leaves will be formed on the plant’s upper level leaves. When Scindapsus Officinalis grows yellow leaves, it is time to cut out its branches. The plants grow best if their branches are pruned in the spring season. Overgrown branches should be cut down at least 2 inches from their tips.

Excess fertilizer: Scindapsus Officinalis grow best when they receive correct amounts of fertilizer. If your Scindapsus Officinalis is receiving too much fertilizer, it will cause yellowish leaves. However, you can cut out its yellow branches to repot the plant and give it nutrients.

How do I revive Scindapsus Officinalis?

Rebuilding a wilting Scindapsus Officinalis can be done through several methods. However, it is better to revive the plant by following these methods;

Replanting: If your Scindapsus Officinalis has its roots pruned or damaged, it is suggested to repot the plant. Repotting the plant helps in growing new roots that will make it grow healthier and stronger. If you need to repot your plant several times, there is a possibility that it might wilt again. To prevent this from happening, it is best to repot your Scindapsus Officinalis every 6 months.

Repotting Scindapsus Officinalis once a year will not do any damage to the plants root system. The roots can be grown well if they receive proper amounts of water and fertilizer. These plants are known to survive through periods of drought.

The growth and development of your Scindapsus Officinalis can be promoted through cutting pruning. Cutting Scindapsus Officinalis branches stimulates new growth and development, which will help the plant again thrive.

Do not repot your Scindapsus Officinalis when it is suffering from any other disorder or disease. When the growing environment is not ideal for the plant, such as heat and humidity, it might suffer from other disorders. If this happens, transplanting the plant will worsen its condition further.

You can also revive Scindapsus Officinalis by cutting off its wilted leaves and branches. Usually, browning leaves are cut more easily from their stems. However, yellowish leaves are more difficult to remove from the stem.

Scindapsus Officinalis’s root system is weak when it is suffering a malaise, so it is easy for you to prune them without harming the plant.

How do you propagate Scindapsus Officinalis?

Scindapsus Officinalis can be propagated by seeds or cuttings. Propagation by seed is best done in the spring. The seeds can be then germinated in a well-lit room, until they are ready to use. When propagating Scindapsus Officinalis using cuttings, it is best to use 4-inch cuttings from mature plants.

Take the cutting into moist soil and keep them in a warm place. It is best to take cuttings from mature plants in the spring, when the plant has flower buds. When the flower buds have bloomed, the cutting will be ready to use and will contain most of the plant’s energy. There is no need for special tools or equipment when propagating Scindapsus Officinalis using cuttings; you can do it with your bare hands.

Scindapsus Officinalis thrives on moist soil conditions. It is an annual plant that grows well in areas with abundant sunlight. It has prominent root systems and elongated stems. Its basal leaves are broad, flat, and reach up to two feet; its flowers are bright red or orange and veined with white.

Scindapsus Officinalis grows best in tropical regions. However, it can grow well in areas which receive warm temperatures throughout the year. When propagating Scindapsus Officinalis by seed the following are steps to follow;

  • If the seed is too brittle for the planting, then soak it in warm water until you can easily handle the seed.
  • Place the seed on a paper towel and let it dry.
  • You will need to sprinkle some water over the seeds until they become moist.
  • Sprinkle some soil in a 6” pot and place some damp rock wool over it.
  • Cover the pot with clear plastic wrap.
  • Place the pot in a warm area until the seed has sprouted, then give it more light.
  • The plastic wrap should be removed once the seedling has at least two sets of leaves.
  • As time passes, support your plant by providing it with a stake and some string so that it will not topple over if it is given too much water or sunlight.
  • Place the pot in a warm area with indirect sunlight.

Rooting can also be done using tissue culture. To do this, place a cutting of about 3-4 inches in length. Let it sit for about 2 days and put it in a container of water until the surface of the water is warm to touch. Then you should place some rooting hormone on the end of your cutting and put it back in the water, making sure to keep it warm at all times.

How do you repot Scindapsus Officinalis?

To repot your Scindapsus Officinalis is best done once every 2 years. Make sure that the soil is moist and not too dry when you repot your plant. If your soil is dry, use a smaller pot to place your plant in. The following are steps to follow when repotting;

  • Remove the plant from its old pot.
  • The next step is to loosen and remove some of the soil from the roots, dropping them gently into a new pot filled with moist soil.
  • Place the potted plant in an area where it will receive adequate sunlight and water once a week.
  • Keep your plant moist until it has become established again in its new pot.
  • Once the plant has flowered, it will begin to grow roots. When this happens, it will be ready to be repot again.

When you repot your Scindapsus Officinalis, make sure that it is placed in a well-draining potting mix. If the growing conditions are not ideal for the plant, such as heat and humidity, your plant might suffer from other ailments.

How often do you water Scindapsus Officinalis?

Water Scindapsus Officinalis when the top of its root ball is dry to the touch. Make sure that the top of the soil is moist and not dry at all. Water your plant when it looks dry or wilted. This can be done with a spray bottle or you can use a watering can.

In warm and humid areas, you should water your cuttings regularly because its leaves will stay green during more than 90% of the time in these conditions so this means that they need more water than usual.

In the opposite, if you live in an area where there is low humidity and high temperatures, then you should water your cuttings during the night. The leaves will stay green during the night so this means that they need less water than usual.

Scindapsus Officinalis thrives on moist soil conditions. It is an annual plant that grows well in sunny areas with abundant sunlight. It has prominent root systems and elongated stems.

How much light does Scindapsus Officinalis need?

The amount of light that Scindapsus Officinalis receives is enough to maintain its green color. If the plant is grown in a warm place with a lot of sunlight, it will not need much water.

Scindapsus Officinalis should be placed in areas with indirect sunlight. When you grow Scindapsus Officinalis in areas with direct sunlight, this can dry out the plants’ leaves and affect its root system.

A plant that is grown in an area with direct sunlight will not be able to lift nutrients it needs from the soil and so when you water it, it will die. But if your plant is grown in areas with lots of indirect sunlight, then you should water it more often because the leaves will not be exposed to direct sunlight for a long period of time.

When the plant is placed in areas with low light, the leaves will start to fall off which means that they are too dry. If you know that you do not have enough time to water your plants during the day, then grow them in an area where there is plenty of indirect sunlight because this will make them grow slowly. If there is no direct sunlight in the area where you plant your Scindapsus Officinalis, then it might not grow well.

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