Scindapsus pictus on totems?

clibanarius(z8GA)July 9, 2008

Greetings,

I have a beautiful Scindapsus pictus var. exotica that I'm considering training up a totem. In Epipremnum (formerly Scindapsus) aureus, this allows the leaves to become much larger; in Australia I've seen them growing up the sides of trees with leaves over two feet long, making this overused plant unexpectedly magnificent. However, almost all of the images I've seen of S. pictus show it as a hanging or sprawling plant, and the few totemed pictures seem either to be hasty assemblies for the photo or else suggest that this species does not appreciate climbing as much as does E. aureus. S. pictus is not a commonly kept plant, though, and I can't get much relevant info on it. Has anyone here tried growing satin pothos on totems? Does it perform better, or differently, this way than as a sprawling hanging basket plant (like E. aureus does)?

I know I could just play around with it myself, but it took me three years to find this plant and I'm perhaps foolishly reluctant to blindly experiment on it!

Thanks!

Alan

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robert12

Hi Alan,

I believe I have S. pictus growing on a large totem that I made. It has grown up, but not really rooted into the totem much. It's not growing very quickly, though I'm not sure if that's because it doesn't climb, it's a slow-growing plant, or the growing conditions aren't ideal. I'll try to get some pics this evening.

Best,
Robert

    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 3:45PM
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clibanarius(z8GA)

Robert,

Hey, a picture, good idea. Here's my plant (it's somewhat bluer than this low-res picture implies). Leaves noticeably thicker and more leathery than E. aureus (which is what they were selling it as!). Definitely much slower growing than E. aureus, but this one has probably grown by a third since I got it in May.

Cheers,

Alan

    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 10:31PM
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aroideana(Tropical Australia)

I have seen it climb , it seems to like shadecloth ! I have also heard of it climbing on concrete walls as well . I have it slowly climbing a rough barked tree , it is not as fast as Raphidophora cryptantha ;.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2008 at 5:27AM
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robert12

Alan,

Sorry for the delay; busy weekend. I looked at my totem last night and found that it had fallen over. Though it did grow up for a while, it never rooted and I guess finally got heavy enough to fall. Good luck with your attempt!

Robert

    Bookmark   July 15, 2008 at 10:36AM
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clibanarius(z8GA)

Thanks, guys. Robert, what was the surface of your totem? My S. p. e. does have some (can't remember what you call them) incipient roots at each node along the stem, which suggests to me it could grab on and climb, but maybe it requires a very rough surface as aroideana observed it on.

aroideana, wow, I've never heard of Rhaphidophora cryptantha before. It looks like a great plant. How tricky is it? How big does it get? I can't quite put a scale to the pictures I've seen.

Cheers,

Alan

    Bookmark   July 17, 2008 at 3:33PM
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robert12

I took some chicken wire-type stuff and lined it with sphagnum, rolled it up, filled it with dirt, and potted it. Then I planted some things around it to see what would happen. A couple Syngonium and a Monstera seem to like it, the S. especially. The pictus not so much though.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2008 at 2:54PM
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edleigh7

I was just wondering the same thing. I miraculously seen one at a major hardware store on the weekend. I presume it requires mostly shade or dappled light. Mine is slightly smaller than the one of clib's.
Mick interesting to hear about the shadecloth, thanks

Ed

    Bookmark   July 24, 2008 at 5:55AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Any of these plants still going? Anyone else with a Scindapsus going UP?

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 7:15PM
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tropicbreezent

Mine seems to prefer to run along the ground/over rocks.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 12:19AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Hey, Tropic, was hoping to hear from you. If you get around to taking a pic, I'd love to see some 'in the wild.' Finally managed to trade for some cuttings a little while back, leaves about 1 1/2 inch, they're doing great. Are the leaves any bigger on your wild plants? For now, I tucked the pieces into a pot with a baby Monstera on a wood pole.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 8:16AM
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tropicbreezent

We're still in mid winter, so the Scindapsus aren't doing much. I measured the largest leaves and they were 10 to 11 cms along the midrib.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 11:56PM
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