The scindapsus silver hero is an easy to care for and impressive plant, we run down all you need to know…
Scindapsus Silver Hero Summary
|Light needs:||Medium to bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check weekly, water when top 50% soil is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||A balanced fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||Add 20% perlite to a standard potting mix.|
|Temperature:||18°C to 25°C (64-77°F).|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.|
|Common issues:||Leggy stems due to low light and overwatering.|
The scindapsus silver hero is a climbing scindapsus with beautiful silvery green leaves. It is a relative to the scindapsus pictus and scindapsus treubii moonlight. It is not a pothos, but they sometimes are called pothos, or even sold as philodendrons they are scindapsus.
Tip: we recommend Etsy for buying plants. Look for the best rated seller you can, and try to buy as close to your home as possible so the plant does not travel too far.
Scindapsus Silver Hero Light Needs
Medium to bright indirect sunlight is ideal. I have seen them survive in low light conditions, but they do not want to be in direct sunlight as it will very likely burn or crisp the leaves.
How Often to Water
Check it once a week and water it when the top 50% is dry. They are not especially fussy in this regard, but you don’t want under and overwatering issues to show on those beautiful leaves.
Use a balanced fertilizer once a month in spring and summer to encourage bigger and quicker growth.
Scindapsus Silver Hero Soil
Use a well-draining potting compost. Add 20% perlite to a standard potting mix to aid drainage.
When To Repot
Repot when it outgrows its current pot. The best time is in spring, and it’s a good time to take cuttings and propagate too. You can repot any time of year though if you like.
Tip: Give it a moss pole to climb up to encourage bigger leaf growth and keep the plant tidy.
60% humidity is great, which means adding humidity with a pebble tray under the pot and misting it regularly.
18°C to 25°C (64-77°F) in the day time. Try to keep it above 12°C (54°F) as a minimum temperature at night and in the winter.
How To Propagate Scindapsus Silver Hero
You can propagate it easily by taking stem cuttings and rooting them in water. Each cutting should have one leaf and one node. You can do a lot at one time by taking a whole branch and cutting between each leaf. Put them in a jar of tap water making sure that the nodes are in the water, but no leaves are touching water. Keep it topped up and give it some light and warm and they should root over the next 4 to 8 weeks. You can then pot them up into soil.
Is It Toxic to Cats?
They can be toxic to dogs and cats if eaten, so contact a vet straight away if your pet eats any.
Scindapsus Silver Hero Vs Platinum
The scindapsus silver hero and platinum are the same plant, they are just different names for the same thing.
Scindapsus Silver Hero Vs Moonlight
The silver hero has sparser leaves and is much more of a handing plant. The moonlight will hold it’s shape as a climber, and has more dense foliage.
Where To Buy A Scindapsus Silver Hero
Scindapsus pictus silver hero.
FAQs and Common Problems
Common issues include the stems getting ‘leggy’ this usually means the plant just need a bit more light. You can cut off the leggy stems and propagate them to make the plant bushier.
Also over watering is a common issue, especially when the temperatures drop and the plant needs less water. Always check the soil before watering.