The Epipremnum Aureum is a striking tropical plant that is fairly new to gardening nurseries, but garners a lot of attention due to its vibrant colors and aesthetic appeal. It features large-leaved climbers with heart-shaped leaves splashed with silvery gray spots, giving them a sheen finish.
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Even though the Epipremnum Aureum is also called Pothos, it is not a type of the Pothos plant. Due to this common name, it's now among those houseplants whose names are more confusing than helpful. Other than the taxonomical dubiety, Epipremnum is an excellent option for those looking for a hanging plant.
Epipremnum Aureum is also known as Pothos, Satin Pothos, Silver Pothos, Golden Pothos, Silver Vine, Devil's Ivy and Scindapsus. It's named Devil's Ivy because this plant is nearly impossible to kill and can stay alive even if kept in the dark.
Scindapsus has a lot of different cultivars. The most commonly known has some kind of silver variegation, but the amount of it is what makes the difference. Other types are non-variegated, whose appeal lies in their particular leaf colors. Two main varieties are Exotica and Argyraeus.
Epipremnum Aureum is a genus of flowering plants and is a member of the Araceae family. The name scindapsus is derived from the Greek language, which means 'on the stem.' It is native to Southeast Asia, Indonesia, New Guinea, Queensland Solomon Islands and a few western Pacific islands.
Scindapsus is a vining plant with a reputation for being one of the most tranquil and unchallenging houseplants to take care of. If you want to learn how to care for your epipremnum aureum, keep reading.
A moist soil, but not wet or saturated, is what Pothos is fond of. This plant is used to this naturally in the rainforests. Too much water causes root rot, while less water causes wilting. Don't worry if you forget to water it though, as it can occasionally tolerate a missed watering. Try to use room temperature water when watering your houseplants as they provide good drainage.
Water often in the growing seasons making sure the top 50% of the soil is dry between each round. Reduce watering during the winter seasons. Yellowing of the leaves is a symptom of overwatering, and wilting of the leaves indicates that the plant is under-watered.
Scindapsus is not too fussy about where it's placed, as long as it's not under direct sunlight. Always be conscious of the following specifications when deciding where to put your scindapsus:
A Scindapsus highly appreciates some extra nutrition in summer. However, if it's not done, that's fine too, but as it makes the plant even more beautiful and stronger, it is recommended. Feed once or twice a month in summer. In the dormant seasons, the plant uses little energy, and extra nutrition is unnecessary.
According to the research done by NASA on indoor plants that help cleanse the air, scindapsus is listed among the top 10 most air-purifying plants. Their leaves absorb and remove toxic substances, which is why they make a great colleague in the office.
Scindapsus is mildly toxic to both humans and animals. If chewed or ingested, it can cause significant mouth irritation and swelling of the oral tissues and other parts of the gastrointestinal tract. Keep in mind its stringy vines are irresistible to cats, so put it in a place where it's out of their reach.
Propagating this plant is a breeze. A small cutting of it with nodes can propagate easily smoothly when put into water or soil. The latter might take a little longer but prevents the possibility of the cuttings being appalled after you repot them onto new soil.
Water propagation: You need to cut any stem approximately 10 cm from the end tip just below the last leaf with at least 1-2 nodes present on it. After separating the stem, remove the last leaf. Put it in a water bottle or any medium containing water. Make sure to have two cuttings, at least for this process. It will take about 3-4 weeks for the cutting/s to propagate.
Soil propagation: This method involves tip cutting for at least three stems of the plant. The length should be 8 cm. Plant these three cuttings in a mixture of well-moistened peat moss and coarse perlite potting compost around the rim of a small pot.
Cover the whole pot in a plastic bag and place it in a filtered light area. When the rooting occurs after 4-6 weeks, remove the plastic bag and water it. Move each plant to a new pot or a hanging basket filled with potting mix. This practice isn't recommended for satin Scindapsus because it does not grow and acclimate well in the soil after repotting.