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How to propagate a sterling silver plant

Want to turn your Treubii Moonlight plant into LOTS of plants? Here’s my easy guide on how to propagate sterling silver plants!

The Sterling Silver plant is an easy growing, lush trailing plant. It has big, beautiful leaves with silver veining on them.

I love taking sterling silver cuttings and using them to fill out my pot or create a new plant. Plus, taking cuttings encourages the plant to grow much bushy instead of long and leggy!

Other names for the sterling silver plant include:

  • Sterling Silver Scindapsus
  • Treubii Moonlight
  • Scindapsus moonlight
  • Moonlight pothos (though it is not a pothos!)
  • Sterling Silver Pothos (see above, lol)
Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight in a pot

Is Treubii moonlight easy to propagate?

Yes – these plants are really easy to propagate in water. They are not super fast at rooting, but I have had 100% success rate at propagating cuttings!

how to propagate Treubii moonlight

How to propagate sterling silver plants

Tools needed:

  • Sharp clean scissors
  • Jar of water
  • Parent plant

Steps to propagate Treubii moonlight:

STEP 1: Identify a branch to take cuttings from

You want to choose a branch that ideally has new growth on the end of it. Choose a 6-8 inch long section with at least 2 nodes.

using scissors to take a Treubii Moonlight plant cutting

STEP 2: Cut the branch

Cut the branch off from the parent plant.

Treubii Moonlight plant cutting

STEP 3: Remove lower leaves

I only like to leave only 1 leaf on my sterling silver cuttings. You want the plant to focus energy on root growth, not keeping leaves alive. Plus, any roots that sit under water will rot. Snip off any lower leaves.

STEP 4: Place in water

Place the cutting in water in a jar or propagation station of your choice. Sit in bright, indirect light.

Treubii Moonlight plant cutting

STEP 5: Wait

Wait for roots to form. Sterling Silver doesn’t root as quickly as pothos propagates, but it will root eventually!

Change the water once a week or when it gets foggy. Top off with excess water to keep the nodes submerged!

STEP 6: Plant in soil

Once the roots are 2-3 inches long, plant them in well draining soil in a pot with drainage holes and treat like any other mature plant!

Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight leaf close up

How long does it take for Sterling Silver plant to root?

In my experience it took 3-4 weeks to see roots on my cuttings and about 2 months for it to be ready to plant in soil.

Can you propagate Treubii Moonlight in sphagnum moss?

Yes, you can propagate Treubii Moonlight in LECA, sphagnum moss, or even moist potting mix. I personally prefer to propagate in water so I can keep an eye on the root growth!

If you choose to propagate in soil or sphagnum moss, monitor the humidity levels. You might want to loosely cover the cutting with a plastic bag to create a greenhouse effect!

When is the best time to propagate Treubii Moonlight?

The best time to propagate any house plant is during its growing season – usually spring and summer. However, I successfully propagate indoors year round!

using scissors to take a Treubii Moonlight plant cutting

How do you identify a node on a Treubii Moonlight plant?

Nodes are the brown nubs on plants where leaves or roots grow from. No node, no roots, so they are very important to have on your cutting!

Is Sterling Silver pothos rare?

I don’t think that the Sterling Silver plant is rare – I see it at Home Depot! It is not super common, but it’s not a premium or rare plant at all.

Any more questions about Sterling Silver plant propagation?!

Thanks for reading!

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