Scindapsus Argyraeus Houseplant Care Guide

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Scindapsus Argyraeus is a beautiful houseplant that is incredibly easy to care for, making this a great plant for beginners or even as gifts to loved ones.

Here are the main things to know to care for Scindapsus Argyraeus.

  1. Water. Give your plant a good drink when the soil is almost completely dry or when the foliage is starting to curl. Curling is a sign that your plant is ready for water.
  2. Light. Place your plant in bright indirect sunlight, which would be near a south, west, or east facing window.
  3. Fertilizer. Feed your plant every watering, every other watering, or once a month. It’s up to you. I fertilizer every watering to keep things simple for me.
  4. Humidity. This is a tropical houseplant and thrives in high humidity, but I find that regular household humidity (20%-30%) works just fine for this plant.

Keep your Scindapsus Argyraeus thriving with these plant care tips.

Light

Scindapsus Argyraeus thrives in bright indirect sunlight.

This would be south, east, or west facing windows. South facing is the strongest, hottest sunlight of the day so if you place your plant near this window, make sure there’s a sheer curtain between the window and the plant.

I have my Scindapsus Argyraeus near a south facing window behind a sheer curtain, hanging from my ceiling. It’s thriving in this spot and adds a beautiful touch to my living room.

You can place this plant in medium light, but know that your Scindapsus may grow slower. If you don’t care about this, place your plant in any medium light spot.

If you don’t give your plant enough light, you may notice new growth on the leaves are not as silvery.

Water

Scindapsus are the type of plants that let you know when they need water. The foliage starts to curl and that’s when you know to give it a good soaking.

Every time I water my houseplants, I mix in a fertilizer so they get a feeding every time I water, which is roughly once a week for most of my plants.

I use reverse osmosis water to water all of my plants because I live in an area with water that has a high amount of minerals and salts. You may live in an area where your water isn’t like this and you don’t have to worry about it.

Soil

It’s crucial that your Scindapsus Argyraeus is planted in well-draining soil. If your plant is not in well-draining soil, the plant can suffer from root rot quickly (especially if you tend to overwater your plants).

An easy well-draining recipe is 50% coco coir, 25% perlite, and 25% worm castings. I would even add a bit of orchid bark since it’s so chunky and adds aeration to your soil. This allows oxygen to move around the roots of your plant.

Don’t want to use soil? Place this plant in leca or lechuza pon. Many of my houseplants are in leca and thrive in it.

If I ever have a houseplant dying in well-draining soil and I cannot figure out why, I’ll move the plant to leca and it will thrive.

If you want to place your plant in leca, all you need to do is fill a glass continuer about 1/3 of the way with leca. Then place the plant (make sure the roots have absolutely no soil on them) in the glass container. Fill the container the rest of the way with leca. Then fill up the water reservoir to about 1/3 of the way.

Temperature

Scindapsus Argyraeus do well in any home that is between temperatures of 60 degrees F to 90 degrees (15 degrees Celsius to 32 degrees Celsius).

Fertilizer

Feeding your plant fertilizer is important to keep the plant actively growing and happy.

Plants naturally get fertilizer when they’re out in the wild, but when you bring them into your home it’s a completely different story.

There are many options for fertilizer. You can choose to use a liquid-based fertilizer or a granule-based fertilizer. With a liquid fertilizer, you’re likely mixing this fertilizer with a gallon of water and using that to water your plants.

With a granule-based fertilizer, you sprinkle the granules on top of your plants soil. Any time you water, the fertilizer works into the soil.

There are also different types of fertilizers that are either natural or synthetic. If using a synthetic fertilizer, dilute the recipe in half because synthetic fertilizers are strong and can burn the foliage.

Humidity

Scindapsus Argyraeus is a tropical houseplant that thrives in high humidity, but I’ve found that my plant is doing amazing in regular household humidity of less than 30%.

I live in the desert so naturally the humidity is low here. I don’t worry about giving my plant extra humidity because the plant thrives without it.

If you want to increase the humidity around your plant, here are my best tips.

  • Place a humidifier near your plant. You can buy a humidifier for less than $40 that does a great job.
  • Place your plant in a bathroom that gets daily showers and baths.
  • Place your plant on top of a pebble tray full of water. The water evaporates around your plant and increases the humidity.
  • Place your plants in a group together. This creates a microclimate and your plants will work off each other to raise humidity.

Propagation

Propagating Scindapsus Argyraeus is simple.

Take the following steps to successfully propagate Scindapsus Argyraeus.

  1. With clean sheers, cut a piece of the stem with at least one node. I always try to get at least 2-3 nodes to increase my chances of the stem rooting.
  2. Submerge the nodes under water. You don’t need to add fertilizer or any kind of plant food to the water. Plain water works just fine.
  3. Place the stem cutting in water in a spot getting bright indirect sunlight or medium sunlight.
  4. In about 1 month, you’ll notice your plant getting roots. Once the roots are at least 3 inches long, transfer to the medium of your choice.
Cut right below this node and submerge node in water to make more plants.

Scindapsus Argyraeus Common Questions

Is Scindapsus Argyaeus rare?

Scindapsus Argyraeus is not a rare houseplant. You can find this plant in big box stores and plant shops.

How much is a Scindapsus Argyraeus?

A 4 inch pot of Scindapsus Argyraeus typically goes for around $20 depending on where you get it.

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Is Scindapsus Argyraeus hard to care for?

Scindapsus Argyraeus is not hard to care for.

Place this plant in a spot getting bright indirect sunlight, water it weekly, and you’ll be rewarded with stunning, silvery foliage that thrives in your home. I love that this plant even gives you a sign that it’s time for a water just by curling its leaves.

How do you care for Scindapsus Argyraeus?

Make sure your plant is placed in a spot getting bright indirect sunlight. This may be near a south, east, or west facing window as long as there is a sheer curtain between your plant and the window.

Give your plant a good drink once the leaves start to curl and regularly feed with a high quality fertilizer.

Is Scindapsus Argyraeus a fast grower?

Scindapsus Argyraeus is a fast grower if placed in good growing conditions.

For example, you’re going to get different growing outcomes if you place your plant near a south facing window versus a north facing window.

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How big do Scindapsus Argyraeus get?

Scindapsus Argyraeus get large depending on their growing conditions.

My plants longest vine is about 4 feet and would be even longer if I hadn’t cut and propagated it recently. Encourage this plant to grow by giving it a trellis or moss pole.

How do I make my Scindapsus Argyraeus bigger?

To encourage growth on your Scindapsus Argyraeus, make sure you’re giving your plant the best growing conditions.

Ideal growing conditions for this plant would be in a south facing window behind a sheer curtain. You may also decide to do what I do which is fertilize my plant every watering.

I mix fertilizer in with the plant drinking water to keep things simple. You can also place rooted cuttings of your plant back into the original pot to create a bushier, fuller look.

How do you propagate Scindapsus Argyraeus?

Take a stem cutting with at least one node on the stem. Submerge the node under water and place in a spot getting bright indirect sunlight.

In a few weeks, your plant will start developing roots. Once the roots are at least 3 inches long, transfer the stem cutting to your preferred medium.

This medium can be well-draining soil, leca, lechuza pon, or even water.

Does Scindapsus Argyraeus climb?

Scindapsus Argyraeus do climb which is why many people decide to provide the plant with a trellis or moss pole.

You can even use plant tape to stick the plant to your walls. In the wild this plant can get larger than 10 feet and you may even be lucky enough to see that in your home.

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Is the Scindapsus Argyraeus toxic to pets?

Yes, this plant is toxic to pets.  You can get more information on toxic and pet-friendly plants at ASPCA here.

Common pests

Scindapsus Argyraeus is prone to pest pressures just like any houseplant, but I’ve never had any problems with mine.

You may find mealybugs on your plant. Mealybugs are small, white fluffy looking bugs that easily take over your plant which is why once you see one, grab a Q-Tip and get rid of it. Clean all of the leaves with Q-Tips dipped in alcohol and make sure to check all the surrounding plants for mealybugs.

I use a natural pest preventive called Azamax. I mix 1 tablespoon of the solution into 1 gallon of water that I use to water my plants. I also use Bonide Systemic Granules that I sprinkle over the plants soil and this helps get rid of many pests including fungus gnats.

Bonide Systemic Granules are a great way to get rid of unwanted pests.

Common issues

Brown tips: If your Scindapsus Argyraeus has brown tips, this can be a sign of many things but it’s typically a sign of that your plant needs more humidity. I have my plant in 20% humidity and it thrives, but my plant may have come from a different place than your plant. For example, your plant may have come from a place getting 70%+ humidity while I got my plant from a plant shop that is in a similar climate to my house.

Curly leaves: If your Scindapsus Argyraeus has curly leaves, it’s time to give your plant a good drink. I actually wait for my Scindapsus leaves to curl because that’s a sign the plant is ready for water.

Yellow leaves: If your Scindapsus Argyraeus has yellow leaves, this may be okay depending on where and how much yellowing leaves there are. For example, my plant will get some yellow leaves at the base where the oldest leaves are. This is just the plants way of getting rid of old leaves that have done their job. If your plant is getting yellow leaves all over, this may be a sign of many things, including root rot. Root rot happens when you’re watering your plant too much and it can also mean there isn’t even aeration/oxygen flow in your soil. You may need to repot your plant with a chunkier, more well-draining mix.

Key Points To Remember

Scindapsus Argyraeus is an easygoing plant that makes for a great hanging houseplant.

Make sure you place your plant in bright indirect sunlight, fertilizer regularly, and water whenever the soil is almost completely dried out.

I love this plant and always recommend it to anyone, especially beginners.

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