Scindapsus : Greenhouse Plants

T – tropical, minimum of 18°C (65°F)

Family: Araceae

Scindapsus aureus from the Solomon Isles is the species referred to as Devil’s Ivy. It is a very attractive foliage climber which in the wild clings epiphytically to tree trunks by means of its aerial roots. In cultivation it can be made to either climb or trail. The leaves are a most attractive glossy green streaked with gold. If kept in tropical temperatures leaves will develop fast and grow large. Should the temperature drop growth will be painfully slow and the leaves small. Plants will appreciate growing on a moss pole and should you be contemplating a bromeliad log then this will be ideal to provide some different foliage. S. a. ‘Marble Queen’ lives up to its name by looking very marbled with a lot of silvery-cream on the leaves. S. pictus ‘Argyraeus’ from Java and Borneo is a much smaller growing plant which has predominantly shiny green leaves with silver blotches. I would recommend peat-based compost with good drainage. Cuttings are easily rooted at 24°C (75°F) and several small plants planted together in a pot and grown on together will make a magnificent specimen.

29. July 2013 by admin
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