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Scindapsus Pictus ‘Exotica’ Care
Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’ is a slow-growing plant that is known for being fairly low-maintenance and easy to grow. While it is a flowering plant, it is extremely uncommon for the ‘Exotica’ to produce blooms when grown indoors, so don’t fret if you don’t see any flowers on your indoor plant.
In its natural habitat the Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’ is a forest understory plant so a location that receives several hours of bright, indirect light is best. However, it can also tolerate medium to low light fairly well, although it will put out very minimal growth in low light conditions. Avoid direct sunlight as it will burn the leaves of this tropical plant.
This plant is sensitive to root rot so should be planted in a loose, well-draining potting mix that retains water without being soggy. At the same time, the Exotica does best in soil that is fertile and rich with organic materials. A combination of equal parts orchid bark, coco peat, potting soil, and perlite makes an excellent soil mixture for these plants that is airy, fertile, and moist but well-draining.
The Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’ should be watered once the top 2 to 3 inches of soil is dry. Never allow the plant to dry out completely as this can quickly shrivel the roots, but it also should not be kept consistently wet as this can lead to root rot. In the summer when it is actively growing you may need to water your plant every week, whereas in the winter you can cut back on watering significantly.
Temperature and Humidity
While it is native to the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia, the ‘Exotica’ does surprisingly well in standard household temperature and humidity levels. That being said, it does appreciate some added humidity if it's available. Ensure that you don’t expose your plant to temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius), and keep it away from drafty windows or air vents when possible. Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’ is most commonly grown as a houseplant due to its strict temperature requirements, but can also be grown outdoors year-round in USDA zones 10 through 12 if desired. Otherwise, you can move your plant outdoors for the summer—just be sure to bring it back indoors before temperatures drop again.