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Monday, May 25, 2020

Scindapsus pictus cv. Platinum

This is known as Scindapsus pictus cv. Platinum

I believe this is fairly new in the market, it is a full sheen of a silvery -green tone where the foliage is void of any spots or pattern. The colors are very much similar to Philodendron hastatum, this one is very much on the grey notes. Also these silver-grey colored crystalline leaves do shimmer when tilted at an angle under light.

There is slight green tones on the midrib veins but not very visible.

For that reason, the name 'Platinum' was chosen because both platinum and this plant are metallic silver-grey in color and rare in nature.

The other factor is that similar to most climbing, trailing ariod the foliage pattern and colors may change and varies according to lighting and growth conditions. When they grow bigger, the colors and the leaf size and shape may change and varies.

I wouldn't recommend to say that their growing condition is similar to pothos. I find pothos are much hardier and easy to care for compared to Scindapsus.
This one is a slow growing and may easily die if the right balance is not given for it.
As for now: This is how I care for it - 

Potting Mix:

50% potting mix together with coconut chips. I find this medium is very safe and low risk compared to so many that I tried before. The coconut chips had be trimmed in small bite size pieces and slghtly packed with top soil (basic potting mix)

It is important to NOT to over-pot the plant - do keep this plant compact and let it overgrow the pot slowly and repot to another pot slightly bigger.


Because of this potting medium - I really do not have to worry so much about over watering as the medium is fast draining.


I find this is very important - a wrong fertilizer can kill this plant and the whole this over: The stress and the leaf drop and burned leaves - It is too late to undo the mistake.

I would really recommend to pay attention to use of fertilizer - do not use any strong fertilizers on them, rather work on with the light and weak application of the feeding regime and slowly notice how the plant reacts to the growth condition and maintaining it to an optimum level is really helpful.

I for one use: Osmocote and alternatively use seaweed solution for good strong root growth. I also realized that this is a slow growing plant and so a lot of patience is needed.


I keep this is in a bright shade area - too hot and may burn the leaves, too shaded and the leaves will  turn to yellow as lacking sunlight. I had noticed at times, Satin Pothos curl off the leaves - these happens when they are in stress.


The most ideal, high success rate of propagating this one would be air layering and letting the roots to trail to another potting mix and once the roots established - the plant can trimmed of from the mother plant. I find it doesn't not fair well when it comes to cuttings - they do tend to rot and wither away.

Also I had noted that they don't fair well when placed totally in water alone (like pothos trimmed and placed in a jar or vase) this one seemed to rot and rarely root.

Other than that,
This can be a beautiful elegant plant to cultivate as an indoor plant, similar behavior like the rest of the Scindapsus pictus species.

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