by Ida
(Denmark )



I have a old scindapsus aureus. However, after some time where parts of the plant were kept away from sunlight, leaves started to turn yellow and fall off. So now I have long branches without a single leaf. Therefore, I was wondering if there is a way to stimulate the growth of new leaves on the naked branches.

I really hope you can help me, cause I miss my old plant.

Thank you so much!

Comments for Scindapsus aureus

Mar 17, 2021

by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

Generally, with this type of plant, the only way to encourage new growth on those long stems is to cut them off. And that’s what I recommend; cut off the fresh and perfect branch to re-root it, and then new growth will emerge from the long stem leading to it. Of course, this all depends on it getting enough light, so make sure it’s in a window protected by sheer curtains (bright, indirect light is best).

Mar 21, 2021

by: Ida

Thank you so much for your answer!
I have tried to re-root this plant once before. However, this also made some leaves turn yellow and fall off. So, how would you recommend I do this? Should I simple cut a branch off and then put it in water until it grow some roots and then plant it?

Thank you for your help!

Mar 21, 2021

All it takes is one
by: Jacki

All you need is one good leaf. If others turn yellow and fall off, this could mean that the plant is not getting enough light before you cut it. Keep trying! Not every cutting makes it.

Yes, that is exactly how I would do it – cut off a branch, put it in a jar of water until it roots. Change the water every few days to a week, or you run the risk of it getting stagnant and smelling bad. This method is how our Grandmothers made more plants, and it still works today!