The official name of this plant is Epipremnum pinnatum, the name of the variety "Aureum". However, the plant is better known under the old name: Scindapsus aureum, simply "Scindapsus". The Scindapsus belongs to the Araceae family and is native to the forests of Southeast Asia, where the leaves of the climbing plant can grow up to 100 cm. The European variety is a youthful form of this plant.
They are slender climbers with rather thick leaves. The leaves are green with yellow spots. When there is little leaf green, the plant needs a lot of light (but no bright sunlight). Nevertheless, this tropical plant tolerates dry and rather dark places. In winter the plant can be placed in a cooler room.
The Scindapsus is soon satisfied with its location, provided it is not in direct sunlight. Even in a shady spot, the plant can survive, although it prefers some light. The leaves will change in colour when the plant is placed in a lighter or darker spot. In a darker spot the leaves turn green and in a lighter spot the leaves become lighter and more colourful. If the plant is in a draughty spot, the chance of pests is greater. Prevent this from happening.
A minimum temperature of 20 degrees Celsius is recommended during the day and a minimum temperature of 15 degrees Celsius at night.
The soil of the Scindapsus should never be dry and should therefore always be kept slightly moist. The plant is also used to this naturally in the rainforests. Too much water is not good and therefore make sure that there is no layer of water at the bottom of the pot. A layer of water can cause root rot and you don't want that either. You could check if the soil is still moist by putting your finger in the soil.
It is only necessary to give some extra plant nutrition in the summer. But if this is not done it is also fine but it makes the plant even stronger and more beautiful so it is recommended. Feed twice a month in the summer. In winter and autumn the plant is in a resting position, so the plant uses little energy and extra nutrition is unnecessary. In fact, the nutrients of the food will be in the soil, making the soil acidic, which the roots will not like. So don't feed in winter and autumn.
It is only important to spray the plant from time to time to ensure that pests are kept away. It will also remove all dust and increase the ornamental value.
It is important to repot the plant every 2 to 3 years. The new pot should be a few centimeters larger than the growing pot and add some extra soil if necessary. Always pot in the spring, as the plant can still recover from any damage.
The Scindapsus belongs to the family Aureum. In Greek the name means 'on stem', since the plant is also often found as ivy in the wild. The Scindapsus is found in Southeast Asia, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands.
The Scindapsus is a strong plant and therefore not very susceptible to diseases. If the plant does suffer from pests, it is recommended to control this as soon as possible with a biological or if desired a chemical pesticide.
Researchers from NASA discovered that the Scindapsus is in the top 10 of most air-purifying plants. The stomata in the leaves remove harmful substances from the air and absorb them. That's great at home and makes the Scindapsus a great colleague in the office. Place it near the printer or other devices, so that the plant can also work there for a healthy atmosphere.