Scindapsus Silver Lady Plant Care (Water, Soil & Propagation)

Scindapsus Silver Lady

Scindapsus Silver Lady is a beautiful houseplant that’s perfect if you like variegated plants. it features stunning splashes of silver patterns on its green leaves.

To a certain degree, it looks like snowfall that has set on the green foliage. And this not only makes it unique looking but gorgeous as well.

The plant has large foliage making is somewhat resemble its close relatives the Scindapsus pictus Exotica and the Scindapsus Silver Satin. However, its silver splashes more closely resemble that of the Scindapsus pictus Argyraeus.

It is for this reason the two plants are often confused for one another.

The Scindapsus Silver Lady is native to Southeast Asia. Therefore, it is a tropical plant.

Scindapsus Silver Lady Plant Care

Light Requirements

The Scindapsus Silver Lady will grow optimally and produce its best colors under bright, indirect light. This allows the plant to grow faster and maintain its lovely variegations.

That said, it cannot tolerate very intense light or direct sun for hours on a daily basis. Leaving it in this environment will burn its leaves.

As such, its ideal location is near a bright window, with east- and north-facing windows being ideal.

And eastern exposure gives it bright morning sun which is can tolerate because the intensity is gentle. Meanwhile, the north has less light but enough to keep the plant healthy and happy.

You do want to monitor the amount of light from direction especially during winters when the days get shorter and the sun is covered by clouds. If there’s very little light there, move it somewhere brighter.

On the other hand, keep the plant a few feet away from the west and especially the south windows. Both get mid-day sun from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. when the rays are the harshest.

Therefore, avoid direct sun from these directions.

Similarly, I don’t recommend leaving the Scindapsus Silver Lady in low light although it will survive and do okay there. That’s because lack of illumination will slow its growth and cause it to lose its silver variegations.

 

Temperature

The ideal temperature for Scindapsus Silver Lady is between 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. This allows it to grow at its best.

It enjoys this climate because it comes from Southeast Asia which is known for warm to very hot weather. in part this is compounded by its high humidity. But I’ll talk more about that in the next section.

The main reason why the plant is used to warm climates is that it Southeast Asia is near the equator. Therefore, it has tropical weather. This means it gets sunshine 365 days of the year including winter.

The heat also gets scorching hot during the summer.

Fortunately, the Scindapsus Silver Lady’s native habitat is under the forest canopy which gives it some shade and protection from the heat.

This is also why it is not used to direct sun as it gets diffused or dappled light as the branches and leaves block out the brunt of the sun’s rays.

As such, keep it away from cold climates, snow and freezing temperatures as it is not frost hardy.

Outdoors, the Scindapsus Silver Lady will do best in USDA Hardiness Zones 10 and 11.

 

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Humidity

Similarly, the Scindapsus Silver Lady enjoys humid conditions. It prefers humidity above 40% and will be happy with 80%+ humidity as well.

If you’re not sure what the humidity is inside your home or in each room, consider getting a digital hygrometer. This will immediately tell you what the humidity it in any room.

Note that some rooms will have higher humidity compared to others. These include the bathroom and kitchen since you use a lot of water in both areas.

The good news is, the Scindapsus Silver Lady is not fussy about humidity. Therefore, it should not have any issues with average household humidity in most cases.

The only issues will likely come if you live somewhere with very dry air like the desert.

 

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How Often to Water Scindapsus Silver Lady

The Scindapsus Silver Lady is quite forgiving when it comes to watering. That is, it is tolerant to being underwatered. So, don’t worry if you’re late a few days or forget to water it every so often.

The more important thing to keep in mind is that it is more susceptible to overwatering.

Thus, it is better to err on the dry side since this is easy to correct.

You can tell if the plant is too dry or is in need of water at its leaves will start curling. This only happens when the soil has been bone dry for a little while.

In some cases, the base leaves will also turn yellow. With these, you’ll want to prune these leaves off.

The good news is, once you water it, it will quickly recover. It only takes about 24 to 48 hours before you see the plant perk right back up.

However, the same is not true fore overwatering. When its roots drown in water or are left standing in water for extended periods of time, they will eventually rot.

This is a bad predicament since rotted roots means the plant will have fewer roots to absorb nutrients and water from the soil. If too many roots are affected, the remaining ones may not be enough to sustain the plant.

If this happens, you may need to reduce the size of the plant to help it survive.

 

Scindapsus Silver Lady Potting Soil

Due to the Scindapsus Silver Lady’s susceptibility to overwatering, the best soil for the plant is one that is well-draining. Additionally, it also appreciate soil that is rich in organic matter and with soil pH of 6.1 to 6.5.

You can use a good quality houseplant potting mix and see how it works. in many cases, this will do the job. But if you notice that it is retaining a bit more moisture than the plant needs, add a few handfuls of perlite.

You can adjust the amount of perlite you add to increase drainage depending on how the plant and soil responds.

Alternatively, you can likewise make your own DIY potting mix. To do so, combine:

  • Peat moss
  • Perlite
  • Pine bark or orchid bark

Avoid any water retentive soils.

Also, make sure to check for soggy or mucky soil. If this happens, it means either, you’re watering too frequently, or the soil does not have enough drainage (which is causing the waterlog).

From there, make the necessary adjustments.

Does the Scindapsus Silver Lady Climb?

The Scindapsus Silver Lady is a climber in its native habitat. And it will grow to 10 or so feet outdoors if left alone.

Indoors, the plant’s maximum size is much smaller. Often it will only get to 3 feet although you can allow it to grow longer (which can happen if allowed to climb).

The most common ways to grow the Scindapsus Silver Lady indoors is in a hanging basket or let it climb. Of course you can leave it in a pot and let its vines sprawl over the edges of the pot as well.

 

Fertilizer

How often you fertilize your Scindapsus Silver Lady will depend on where you live.

For one, you can get away without feeding the plant. However, it is important to note that it will grow slower and produce fewer leaves without it.

So, there’s no harm in not feeding it if you prefer not to or are tight on the budget.

If you live in a tropical location where there is a lot of sunshine all year round and the plant is continuously growing, you can feed it throughout the year.

This is the case in Southeast Asia.

But, in colder countries, the plant will take a breather from growing when the temperature drops. Therefore, its growing season is usually between spring to summer (and a bit of fall).

In this case, feed the plant during this time. Then stop in the fall and don’t fertilize in wner.

You can use a balanced, water soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength. The important thing is to use a high quality fertilizer and avoid the cheap, low quality products.

The latter will usually leave more fertilizer salts which eventually will damage your plant’s roots as the salts accumulate in the soil.

 

Pruning

The Scindapsus Silver Lady is not a huge plant when grown indoors. In most cases, it will get to 3 feet high. If you allow it to climb, it can get a bit taller but not by much.

This means that pruning is not a big deal. And most of the trimming you’ll need to do is for cosmetic reasons.

You can prune its vines to limit its size or shape it the way you want. Also, remove the leggy stems, dead leaves and any discoloration.

 

How to Propagate Scindapsus Silver Lady

The Scindapsus Silver Lady is easy to propagate from stem cuttings. This is the best way to grow more of the plants at home because it is a variegated plant.

The ideal time to do so is during spring as the plant will actively grow during spring and summer. This gives the new plant a good growth spurt right after and an entire growing season before winter arrives.

To propagate the Scindapsus Silver Lady:

  • Use a sterile pair of scissors. You can use a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol on the blades to sterilize them.
  • Take a 4 to 5 inch stem cutting making sure to have at least 1-2 nodes for each cutting.
  • Cut the stem just under the node.
  • Next, plant the cutting into moist, well-draining potting mix. Keep the node under the soil and remove any leaves that get into the soil.
  • Leave the put in a warm spot with good humidity. Supply it with bright, indirect tlight.
  • if you can’t find a good location that’s humid, you can cover the plant with a plastic bag with a few holes. This will trap the transpiration which increases the humidity inside the bag.
  • Make sure to remove the bag every so often to prevent too much moisture.
  • In about 4 to 6 weeks, roots will have grown.

You can likewise propagate the Scindapsus Silver Lady in water. To do so,

  • Place the cutting in water instead of soil. Make sure the nodes are submerged in the liquid but keep any leaves from it.
  • Leave the cutting in the same warm, humid and bright environment.
  • You don’t need to use the plastic bag since the platn is already in water.
  • Once the roots grow to about 2-4 inches long, you can pot up the cutting.

 

How to Repot or Transplant Scindapsus Silver Lady

The Scindapsus Silver Lady only needs to be repotted every 1-2 years. The best time to do so is during spring to early summer. Although you can technically do it any time.

However, avoid very hot or cold days.

The plant already gets a shock from the transplant process. So, you don’t want to add any extra stress (which excessive cold or heat does).

That said, the plant only needs to be repotted once it has outgrown its container. The sure sign that this is happening is when you see roots growing out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot.

When repotting, choose a container that is 2 inches wider that the current one you’re using. This is one size bigger. And avoid going much bigger as this increases the risk of overwatering.

Also, replace the potting soil with a fresh mix.

The only other time you’ll need to repot the plant is during emergencies, when there’s an overwatering problem, root rot or uncontrollable pest infestation.

 

Is It Toxic/Poisonous to Humans, Cats & Dogs

The Scindapsus Silver Lady is toxic to cats, dogs and humans. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep the plant away from pets and young kids as they can accidentally ingest its leaves or stems.

Symptoms like excessive drooling, vomiting, nausea, mouth, throat and stomach pain and irritation are signs to look out for.

If you suspect this, take your pet to the vet or your kid to your pediatrician.

 

Problems & Troubleshooting

Pests

The Scindapsus Silver Lady seldomly encounters pest. Nevertheless, you can never let your guard down against these bugs since they’ll take advantage of any houseplant they can find.

Also, these tend to hide under the leaves and near the nodes. Their miniscule size also makes them hard to spot.

Worst of all, they become a headache once they turn into an infestation.

Thus, early diagnosis and treatment is very important.

The omost common pests you’ll likely see are spider mites, scale and mealybugs.

You can wash them off with a stream of water or use neem oil.

 

Diseases

Similarly, diseases are uncommon. But a lot of the time, they are man-made.

That’s because the main cause of these infections is excess moisture and overwatering. Therefore, by being mindful of when you water and how you water, you can avoid serious problems like root rot.