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Scindapsus Aureus Closed Terrarium Caresheet

Overview

Scindapsus aureus, commonly known as Devil's Ivy or Golden Pothos, is a popular houseplant known for its hardiness and attractive, variegated leaves. When grown in a closed terrarium, it creates a lush, tropical environment that is low-maintenance and visually appealing.

Terrarium Setup

  • Container: Use a glass container with a lid to create a humid, controlled environment. Ensure the container is clean and clear to allow light penetration.

  • Substrate:

    • Bottom Layer: Add a layer of small pebbles or aquarium gravel for drainage.
    • Middle Layer: Place a thin layer of activated charcoal to prevent odors and mold.
    • Top Layer: Use a high-quality, well-draining potting mix. A mix of peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark works well.
  • Planting:

    • Create a small hole in the substrate and gently place the Scindapsus aureus, covering its roots with soil.
    • Arrange the plant so that its leaves have room to spread without touching the glass too much.

Light Requirements

  • Indirect Light: Place the terrarium in a location where it will receive bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight as it can overheat the terrarium and scorch the leaves.
  • Artificial Light: If natural light is insufficient, use a fluorescent or LED grow light for about 10-12 hours a day.

Temperature and Humidity

  • Temperature: Maintain a consistent temperature between 65-75°F (18-24°C). Avoid placing the terrarium near drafts or heating vents.
  • Humidity: The closed terrarium will naturally maintain high humidity levels, which is ideal for Scindapsus aureus. If the humidity drops, mist the interior lightly.

Watering

  • Watering: Water sparingly. The closed environment retains moisture well, so overwatering can lead to root rot. Water only when the top layer of soil feels dry to the touch.
  • Method: Use a spray bottle or a small watering can with a narrow spout to control the amount of water. Avoid getting water on the leaves to prevent mold growth.

Ventilation

  • Air Circulation: Open the terrarium lid occasionally to allow fresh air in and prevent mold and mildew. This can be done once a week for about an hour.

Maintenance

  • Pruning: Trim back any overgrown stems or yellowing leaves to maintain the plant's shape and health.
  • Cleaning: Wipe the interior of the glass with a soft cloth to remove condensation and ensure maximum light penetration.
  • Fertilizing: Feed the plant sparingly with a diluted, balanced liquid fertilizer once every 2-3 months during the growing season (spring and summer).

Troubleshooting

  • Yellow Leaves: Indicates overwatering or poor drainage. Allow the soil to dry out and ensure the drainage layer is effective.
  • Leggy Growth: Due to insufficient light. Move the terrarium to a brighter location or increase artificial lighting.
  • Mold: Improve ventilation by opening the lid more frequently and reduce watering.

By following these guidelines, you can enjoy a thriving Scindapsus aureus in your closed terrarium, creating a beautiful, low-maintenance indoor garden.

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