Scindapsus lucens is a beautiful and low-maintenance climber also known as shingling vine or pothos. It is a flowering plant of the genus Scindapsus belonging to the Arum family- Araceae. This exotic plant is native to Malaysia but can also be cultivated and propagated in other warm temperate regions.
Lucens is an exclusive terrestrial epiphyte that means it can climb over a tree with the means of its aerial roots. It can also ascend along the fence, trellis, walls, and gates adding to the beauty of your chicly styled garden. This climber possesses slender sparsely branched stems with delicate branches bearing heart-shaped leaves that are immensely bullated.
The color of leaves is light green that is beautified with prominent venation pattern and perfectly margined with the darker green shade. The major characteristic inflorescence flowers are also seen on lateral branch tips.
Plants like this one prefer bright indirect light to grow well and to maintain their bright colors and prominent variegation. If you expose them to dim light, they will lose their brightness and freshness. Prefer placing it east or west to a window covered with translucent curtains.
The best way to indicate that your plant requires water is curling up of leaves. You can also water them when you feel the soil is dry. Moreover, you can also maintain a proper watering schedule that is once a week in a weather with adequate moisture.
What type of water is used to irrigate Scindapsus lucens?
You can use pure distilled water or water for aquariums. Water from the faucet could be hard and insensitive to the roots, so do not use it.
Scindapsus lucens can grow in any kind of soil and there is no special soil composition for it. Nevertheless, you can use orchid bark or peat to make it fast draining and aerated.
Scindapsus can thrive well in a temperature range of 18 to 24 degree celsius. It can easily tolerate and adapt to your home environment without getting damaged unless it is frozen below 15 degrees celsius.
It requires moderate to high humidity more precisely upto 40%. Regular misting is recommended to keep moisture and to prevent dust accumulation. However, use distilled for regular misting as this will inhibit mineral deposition on leaves which can clog their pores.
If your shingling vine is climbing and crawling on a tree, then it’s naturally taking nutrients from it and there is no special need for fertilizer. Grow it naturally.
How do you propagate Scindapsus Lucens?
You can propagate Scindapsus lucens by cuttings. Cut 4 inches from the stem, preferably containing 2-3 leaves, and plant it in the soil. Provide it with enough water and sunlight. It’s ready to reproduce. In short, it’s an easy doing ornamental plant that you can easily obtain from Botanic zone Id.