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Moonlight Treubii: “Sterling Silver” Features, Growing + Care

Treubii moonlight is an attractively easy-to-grow houseplant with low maintenance. Care guide tips are therefore easy to follow, and great for them to thrive and grow without any problems or concerns. Read our main care practices from watering, pruning, light requirements to repotting and propagation.

What is Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight?

Treubii moonlight is a cold non-tolerant houseplant. It is easy to grow and care for. Although it is a botanical (pictus treubii) cousin, this species is pretty less common. However, it’s not as rare as the dark ‘Scindapsus’ forms.

Scindapsus treubii moonlight plants have a characteristic trailing or climbing vines. that produce oval-shaped leaves. They are defined by their characteristic silvery sheened leaf blades. Hence the term sterling silver. ‘Sterling silver’ scindapsus are evergreen perennials.

This plant has its origins in the tropical rainforest regions of Southeast Asia, Queensland (Australia) and select islands of the Pacific. They are very hardy plants.

Known to be one of the slow-growing, a newly propagated plant can take from 4 – 6 months to grow new leaves. Surprisingly, they do produce flowers but it’s rare.

A treubii moonlight plant
Silver scindapsus plant leaves

Indoor Care Guide for Treubii Moonlight

This care guide highlights warmth and humidity, watering, soil requirements, fertilizer, repotting tips & how to root (propagate) scindapsus treubii moonlight from cuttings.

1) Catering for Light: Ideal Locations

In the tropical rainforests, light energy reaches these plants naturally filtered. They can thrive in partial shade lighting conditions. Therefore, providing your treubii moonlight with sufficient bright indirect light is good to go.

Where should you situate these scindapsus plants?

Indirect bright to low light
  • In indoor spacious rooms with filtered light
  • Situate it some 3 or 4 feet off an east-facing window if you want to see them trail faster
  • During winter daytime, it’ll do just fine by a window
  • Away from cold drafts or open window
  • In a separate room without heat-generating sources

You may move your plant to a spot with direct light during the winter. Ensure you expose the plant for not more than three hours. As a hardy plant, it can survive some direct light hours.

Growing your plant outdoors in the open is difficult. And more so during the winter and in hardiness zones with prolonged winter frost. Even though, you can move them out and bring them under roofed garden rooms, patio or dappled shade spots.

2) Soil, Potting Mix for Scindapsus Needs

For beginners, it is inspiring to have some tips beforehand. When purchasing this plant, ask the garden center attendants more about its current soil formation. This can give you a good basis for successful repotting or replanting and propagation.

For repotting, look for a cactus potting mix. Any commercial indoor potting mix is as good. Gardeners do DIY soil mixes. You too can. It is a straightforward procedure.

The plant isn’t a heavy or choosy feeder. Ingredient specification is therefore not a considerable factor. However, your ingredient selection and choice should be based on good drainage. You can combine these ingredients in equal parts (handfuls) with light soil or potting mix.

- Peat moss, pine bark + perlite
- Orchid bark + perlite

Incorporating compost or organic matter will help the plant flourish and keep up its flush. 

3) Watering Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight

If you don’t want to underwater or flood your plant vessel, pay attention to the schedule (frequency and amount of water). Another tip is observing the plant’s immediate environment. One sure simple diagnosis tip is to study plant response after a few days without water. If your scindapsus plant leaves start yellowing and curling, it is underwatered.

The good thing is that you can stop underwatering and avoid flooding it. Be sure to use a measuring cup to be able to forge a more correct water amount. Watering frequency will slightly vary with each growing season’s air conditions.

Keeping the potting soil moist is good to go. You can stick to a workable watering pattern based on plant signs. One simple watering habit that’s reliable, is allowing the top two inches of soil to dry out between watering.

TopTip: Water your sterling silver thoroughly if you have repotted or transferred the plant to a fresh potting mix.

Yellowing leaf from a scindapsus treubii moonlight

4) Temperature & Humidity Levels for Scindapsus

The difference in warmth and humidity between its natural habitat and home environment is the real feel. While the plant is more adaptive in the tropical temperate regions, conditions indoors are a bit constant. This means, that with the right control and tweaks in your household, your houseplants shouldn’t have growth issues.

When it comes to finding the ideal temperature, try to elevate room humidity to 50% or 60%. This should help easily regulate warmth anywhere from 65 °F to 75 °F.

You may want to boost humidity around these plants in the winter. Extra humidity does not harm them in any way. Anyway, limit misting effect to the leaves only. So don’t mist often. Misting frequently will encourage excess mist collecting as water drops will end up in the potting soil.

Concerning warmth and moisture, here are fun facts on treubii moonlight growth adaptability to note:

Treubii plant leaves curling
A treubii moonlight leaves curling
  • Exposure to long periods of very warm or high temperature (+90 °F) leads to wilting leaves
  • This scindapsus treubii can tolerate and survive through the cooler temperatures but gets killed by freezing cold
  • The plant enjoys relative humidity at 60% but does not require a very moist environment to thrive
  • It can grow just fine in relative humidity levels as low as 38%

5) Repotting ‘Sterling Silver’ Scindapsus

How often you replant your Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight may have a say in its performance and growth habit. But don’t wait until the plant has outgrown its current container.

When-to repot indicators include:

  • Roots coming out of the drainage holes
  • Smaller leaves
  • Stunted growth
Root bound potted scindapsus plant

These scindapsus plants grow relatively slow. As such, they don’t need to be repotted yearly. I cannot mention the exact year gap to allow before replanting. However, if your growing zone has optimal growth conditions for this plant, don’t let your pots be root-bound.

6) Fertilizing + Feeding your Treubii Moonlight

Owing to its slow-growing habit, sterling silvers don’t have a demanding feeding or fertilizing. Neither do they have to be fed regularly nor frequently.

A balanced succulent fertilizer is a good choice. Use the recommended application rates as indicated on the packaging. This is what they need to maintain foliage lush to keep them looking gorgeous.

Sterling silver scindapsus don’t require plant food. They can grow perfectly without any food applicaton.

Fertilize these houseplants from spring – to summer on a monthly basis. Stop fertilizing your plants in the fall and winter months (including the dormancy phases).

Growing New Treubii Moonlight Plants

You can grow new treubii moonlight from your mother plant. It is still possible to divide up the root while repotting. But Scindapsus Treubii can be easily propagated using stem cuttings.

Propagating Stem Cutting in Soilless Mix

If you want to grow new scindapsus treubii plants with much success rate and faster, propagate in soilless moss. Sphagnum moss is a great choice for its ability to hold moisture well while taking care of excess wetting.

Preps: Healthy treubii plant

What you need:

  • Sterilized sharp knife/pruners, 
  • Stem cuttings
  • Clear glass cups
  • Sphagnum + perlite mix

Steps

  1. Choose a stem that has at least one node
  2. Locate your pruner 1/2 an inch below the node and make a cut
  3. Trim off all the lower leaves but leave the upper two
  4. Wrap the cutting by its base with moist sphagnum moss
  5. Insert this wrapped cutting into a clean glass of sphagnum + moss mix
  6. Place your new-to-be rooting scindapsus in a medium to a bright but warm room

Note: If you don’t remove the bottom leaves, your cutting may rot before it roots.

Monitor the rooting progress. If the leaves start showing signs of wilting, cover them with a clear plastic bag. And ensure the moss is moist. In a few weeks, your cutting will have grown roots. You can then transfer to a new plant vessel (after a few months) or when the roots are few inches longer.

You may consider applying rooting powder or dipping your stem cutting in rooting hormone to speed up root growth.

Water Propagation

Optionally, you can also propagate your treubii moonlight in water. The procedure is more or less the same as propagating prayer plants or philodendrons. Please be patient with the rooting of your stem cuttings. With this one, it may take up to 6 weeks or so before you can transplant them.

Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight for Sale

If you are a beginner, it is much safe to acquire the plant first from a distributor. Doing this can offer a chance to own the right specimen.

If you can’t get it in the aroid plant stores, suppliers or garden centers, one can buy it online. You can get one from Walmart order online at Etsy and Costa Farms or their plant sale outlets.

Is scindapsus treubii moonlight rare? Depending on your location and aroid plant value, protection,(among other factors); this plant is hard to come by. On a relative scale, thescindapsus dark form is rarer and more expensive than the sterling silver scindapsus.

Potted Scindapsus treubii plants in a garden center

Upon receiving your new plant, cull it for at least 1 week. Meanwhile, keep its soil moist. Avoid direct sunlight. And don’t repot it immediately.

Scindapsus growing essentials from a pro supplier [Costa Farms]: YouTube Clip

Toxicity to Pets & Humans

Scindapsus plants are toxic to both humans and pets. If you ingest it, your oral parts and organs including the tongue and lips will swell and irritate. The mouth feels pain and swollen.

Difficulty swallowing and severe stomach and intestinal discomfort are other symptoms. Vomiting and diarrhea may occur. Drooling in kids and adults is common.

Treubii Moonlight Profile

  • Scientific nameScindapsus treubii Moonlight’
  • Common name: Sterling silver scindapsus
  • FamilyAraceae
  • GenusScindapsus
  • Plant type: Trailing
  • Origin: Southeast Asia, Australia’s Queensland Pacific
  • Hardiness zone: 10 – 11
  • Plant growth habit: Vining, 8 ft.
  • Bloom Time: Rarely produce flowers
  • Leaf size: 4 – 5 inches long
  • Dormancy period: Winter
  • ToxicityToxic to pets and humans

Is it worth it to add this plant to your houseplant wish list? Absolutely, yes. I am planning to add it to my plant list this coming summer. Arguably, it is an all-around easy-to-care and low-maintenance, stylish indoor grower.

Reference & Sources

  1. How To Grow & Care Scindapsus Plants? NurseryBuy. https://nurserybuy.com/satin-pothos-care-how-to-grow-scindapsus-pictus/. Accessed online 3 Jan 2023
  2. How Scindapsus grow in the wild & How to care for them. https://anaturalcuriosity.org/how-scindapsus-grow-in-the-wild-how-to-care-for-them/#how-to-care-for-scindapsus-as-a-houseplant. Accessed online 3 Jan 2023

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