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Scindapsus propagating for beginners


How do you propagate a Scindapsus?

The Scindapsus is a plant in several colors, different shapes and sizes. You probably recognize the plant as a hanging plant, although you can also place the plant in a ‘normal’ flowerpot. Originally the Scindapsus comes from the large Araceae family, and the care of the plant is easy. The Araceae family is very diverse. Besides the Scindapsus also Alocasia’s, Dieffenbachia’s and Syngonium’s belong to the Araceae family.

The propagating of the Scindapsus is quite simple. The reason for this? The plant makes an aerial root opposite each leaf. You can easily recognize aerial roots. Often an aerial root starts as a small brown lump and grows into a real stem.


  • Scindapsus
  • Scissors
  • Disinfectant
  • Vase with water
  • Optional: flowerpot with fresh soil

Propagating the Scindapsus in 4 steps

1. Disinfect

When cutting a plant you always start by disinfecting the tool. In this case you can take cuttings with a knife as well as scissors.

Clean the scissors and the knife with pure alcohol or disinfectant. Then make sure that you dry the tools thoroughly.

2. Cut the cuttings

Since the plant grows very handy aerial roots, propagating is very easy. Cut a stem just after the leaves. Make sure the cutting has at least 3 leaves.

If the cutting has aerial roots it should be fine.

3. Cuttings in water or soil

The Scindapsus can be cut in water and in soil. Although we prefer the propagating method with water. Watching the roots of the Scindapsus grow is very special to see.

Remove the bottom leaf of the cutting. Then put the cutting in water or in soil.

4. Watch the root growth

As soon as the roots are around 10 cm you can move the cutting of the Scindapsus to the soil.

Water regularly in the first period, but not every week. The transition from water to soil can be quite a shock for the cuttings.

Tip: for a fuller Scindapsus it is best to cut multiple stems. Only one new stem grows out of a cutting. With multiple cuttings you get more, which makes for a full plant.
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