Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight (also called a Sterling Silver Scindapsus) is one of my favorite plants in the home. The color is gorgeous. It has a very soft texture, and it looks so welcoming. This houseplant is also fairly easy to take care of too.
The leaves of the Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight is a striking muted dark green color, with a tinge of grey. The tops of the leaves have a gorgeous silver that almost look brushed on. The silver leaves just about glimmer in the sun if they catch the rays. Because of the sheen, this plant really brightens up any spot you set it.
The largest leaves on my plant are a bit smaller than my hands, but bigger than my palms. The leaves grow along a vine, with about 2 inches between each leaf.
New leaves appear on a vine, and are tightly curled closed at first. Once the leaves unfurl, they continue to grow larger.
Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight Plant Care
Scindapsus Sterling Silver is fairly easy to care for. The two basic requirements:
- Light: Bright, indirect light
- Water: Water when the top 1-2'' of the soil feel dry.
There are a few special considerations that I've noticed about this plant.
The plant in this photo is in a 6.5'' pot. I find that the roots of my Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight do not like to be crowded. When the roots start to get too crowded, certain stems stop doing well. Older leaves on a vine also start to drop.
The roots also do not like soggy soil. So, the pot cannot be too large. If the pot is too large, the soil stays too wet for too long. If that happens, the roots can't breathe properly and start to rot.
I tend to bottom water my Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight. That simply means letting the water come up to the roots through the bottom drainage hole.
To bottom water, set the pot in a bowl full of water. For this 6.5'' Momma Pot, I fill the outer bowl of water about 3-4'' deep. The water goes just about halfway up the pot. Then, I let the the plant soak up the water from the drainage hole for about 5 minutes.
I think bottom watering works best for this plant because it does not like to be overwatered. It's harder to overwater with bottom watering because the soil will soak up just enough water. If the soil is very dry, the water also won't just run though and out the drainage hole before the soil has had enough time to get saturated.
Another benefit of bottom watering a plant is that it's less likely for pests and gnats to live in the soil.
Light Requirements for Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight
Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight does best with bright indirect light. I've read that it can tolerate low indirect light. However, mine grows noticeably better in a brighter environment.
I have my plant on a shelf that is about 4 feet away from a giant south facing window. It gets very weak angled direct sunlight for about 1 hour a day too.
Because the leaves of this Scindapsus are tender and fairly large, keep the plant away from harsh direct sunlight. The sun will burn the leaves, which leaves unsightly marks.
How to Style a Sterling Silver Scindapsus
Since a Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight is so gorgeous on its own, it's easy to make the plant look great in any home.
Type of Pot
I have my plant in a 6.5'' Gemstone Cylinder by Momma Pots. Specifically, this pot is the blush color, which I absolutely love. It's a pale pink color, that has tints of peach. The lovely color really complements the grey-green silver leaves of the Scindapsus Moonlight.
The blush colored pot also looks beautiful next to other neutral, pink and green pot colors. And it sits so well on either black or off-white shelves.
I also have a Ficus Tineke in a blush colored Momma Pots too.
Shaping the Plant
Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight does not grow very tall. The leaves trail and vine out. Because of the way it grows, that you can also put this plant in a hanging basket. Furthermore, you can grow it with a moss pole and allow it to climb up.
Personally, I like to keep my Scindapsus Sterling Silver in a pot on a shelf. Since the plant is not too tall, it's fits nicely between two shelves. When a vine gets too long and unsightly, I cut it off and propogate it.
By doing so, I have created new baby plants to give away. Also, I have potted a rooted propagated stem back right into the same pot. It helps make the plant look fuller.
Where to Buy
Though it's considered a rare houseplant, it's easy to find on Amazon. I wasn't able to find it any local plant shops, so I ordered it online. It came well packaged, and I didn't have any issues with it.
Why You'll Love a Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight
Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight is truly a gorgeous plant that would look great in any home.
- Beautiful dark green-grey silvery leaves
- Multiple ways to style it, including keeping in a pot, hanging basket or using a moss pole
- Easy to care for
- Rare, but convenient to buy
As always please let me know if you have any questions below.