One of the most simple-looking pothos plants, Treubii Moonlight has been long favored as a great indoor houseplant.
It’s been a few years now, I have started growing Treubii Moonlight, and its ease of care has always amazed me.
Its low maintenance style and its simple, stylish looks make it one of the most coveted plants in the market.
This plant has been labeled a rare houseplant and is not found easily.
Treubii Moonlight requires bright, indirect sunlight and fast-draining succulent soil to grow. Fertilizing once a month will do but make sure that you don’t overwater this plant. Place the plant in high humid (60-70%) and warm 65-75˚F (18-24˚C) climatic conditions.
Being an aroid plant, they are hardy and don’t need much care and attention.
Whether a beginner gardener or an expert grower, you can easily grow this plant if you take care of the below-mentioned factors.
Table of Contents
- Treubii Moonlight Overview
- Complete Care Guide for Treubii Moonlight
- Propagating your Treubii Moonlight (Stem Cutting)
- Common Problems in Treubii Moonlight
- Tips to Keep your Treubii Moonlight Problem-Free
- Frequently Asked Questions about Treubii Moonlight
- Wrapping Up
Treubii Moonlight Overview
|Common Name||Treubii Moonlight|
|Botanical Name||Scindapsus treubii|
|Origin||Native to Southeast Asia, New Guinea, and Pacific Islands|
|Plant Type||Evergreen Climbing Vine|
|Height of Plant||1.5 meter|
|Spread of Plant||1 meter|
|USDA Hardy Zone||10b-11b|
|Growth Rate||Relatively Slow|
|Toxicity||Toxic to humans, dogs, cats, and other pets|
|Care Level||Low Mainetanance|
Except for little spadix
Complete Care Guide for Treubii Moonlight
Treubii Moonlight doesn’t require much care and will do well if you create an appropriate climatic condition for this plant.
Growing this plant is a straightforward approach, and the same care factors come into play for this plant as for others.
They are mostly found in tropical jungles and require a similar environment to thrive.
A climbing variety of plants is coveted for its beautiful lush leaves and low maintenance requirements such as;
|Ideal Temperature||65-75˚F (18-24˚C)|
|Sunlight and Location||4-6 hrs of bright indirect sunlight;
North or East-facing Window
|Watering Requirements||No General Rule;
Water when the top soil starts to dry off
|Proper Soil Mix||Well-draining Aerated Soil
|Fertilizer Requirement||20-10-10 Fertilizer once a month|
|Potting||Terra Cotta Pot|
|Propagation||Stem Cutting Method|
|Pruning||Once every Spring or Summer Season|
|Repotting||Before the growing season
Every one or two years
|Common Pest||Very resistant to pests|
|Common Disease||Root Rot|
1. Adequate Sunlight and Proper Location
Most indoor plants that rarely produces flower also won’t require much sunlight compared to flowering plants.
This plant should be placed where it gets enough sunlight and won’t get exposed to direct heat.
Daily filtered sunlight for around 4-6 hours will do best for your Treubii Moonlight.
You should also position the plant in a room where direct sunlight isn’t affected.
Keeping your plant in a North or East facing window is best for providing amply filtered sunlight.
If that is not available, you can also keep it in South facing window provided that you use a sheer curtain or drapes in the window.
It would help if you also keep in mind to avoid dark places as it can easily result in discoloration of the plant foliage. If you don’t provide this plant with enough sunlight, it stunts its growth.
In the absence of proper adequate sunlight, you can also use artificial filtered light to let your plant grow healthily.
Providing Treubii with 12 to 14 hours of artificial light at a medium level can help your plant grow normally, even in a dark room.
Direct sunlight can also be harmful to your Treubii Moonlight. If placed in direct sunlight for too long, the plant will show symptoms like yellowing, browning crispy leaves, or a washed-out look.
Growing this plant outdoors is not recommended as it will be difficult to adjust the amount of light it needs. However, you can safely grow this plant in shaded places like patios, balconies, or decks.
If you want to know how light affects plant growth, you can check out this informative article: What Light Color is Best for the Plant’s Growth?
2. Ideal Temperature
Treubii Moonlight is naturally found in tropical climatic conditions.
This plant should be grown in an environment where the climate is hotter than average.
The temperature ranging between 65-75˚F (18-24˚C) is suitable for growing this plant.
However, unlike other aroid plants, this plant can also do well in places where the temperature is colder.
It won’t experience frost damage like other aroids in winter, although it is important not to let the temperature drop below zero degrees.
The best is to avoid excessive temperature as it can be detrimental to the foliage of this plant.
A temperature higher than 80˚F can cause the plant to lose its color and show symptoms like wilting, curling, crispy leaves, etc.
This plant can do well in a wide range of temperatures, but you also will have to be observant to see what your plant prefers.
Maintaining Ideal Temperature Condition
- In winter times, avoid keeping the plant outside as much as possible. Indoor temperature best suits this plant.
- It is best not to keep the plant in direct heaters or air conditioners.
- Cover the plant in frost blankets or bedsheets in winter if the temperature is cold.
- You can place heating pads below the plant if the temperature is below freezing levels.
- In the summertime, place it in a well-lit place in the morning and the evenings. Avoid direct light of the afternoon sun.
3. Watering Requirements
Proper watering is an essential requirement for growing a healthy plant.
If Treubii Moonlight doesn’t receive enough watering, it won’t take long for its leaves to curl and droop.
You can dry out the soil completely before watering the plant again but keep in mind that this is not a drought-resistant plant.
Thus, a prolonged period without water can easily damage the plant.
Over-watering will cause root rot, which can sometimes result in the death of the plant and hence should be avoided.
No general rules when it comes to watering your Treubii Moonlight. The best way to find out if your plant needs water or not is the finger dipping method.
Dip your finger, or some dry stick two inches into the soil. If the soil is dry, then the plant requires watering. If not, it will do well without water for a few more days.
Another thing you should consider before watering is the position of the plant and the amount of sunlight it receives.
If you have placed the plant in a Southern window, it will require more watering than if you put it elsewhere.
Both overwatering and underwatering a plant can cause a myriad of problems. Some of those are listed below:
Problems due to Underwatering:
- Leaf Drop
- Dry Leaves
- Leaf Curling
Problems due to Overwatering:
- Leaf Burn
- Stunted Growth
- Yellowing Leaves
- Drooping Leaves
If you see any of these issues in your plant, you will have to change your watering schedule.
Proper Watering Tips
- Always aim to keep the soil moist enough. Too dry or too wet soil, You should avoid both.
- Thoroughly water the plant till the excess water runs off the surface and comes out from the drainage hole.
- It would be best to cut down watering to half during the winter.
- 62-72°F is the ideal water temperature for the plant.
- Use filtered or distilled water while watering your plant. Watering with tap water can sometimes be detrimental for this plant.
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4. Proper Soil Requirement
Treubii Moonlight can do well in regular garden soil as long as it can drain properly and has proper aeration capacity.
Most people go with a regular houseplant mix for this plant, and you can do the same.
A well-draining loamy soil or a succulent mix will do well for your Treubii Moonlight.
The recipe below will do well for your Treubii moonlight:
- Two parts garden soil
- One part orchid bark
- Two parts perlite
- Two parts coco coir
- One part pumice
- A handful of sphagnum moss
- A handful of vermicompost
This mixture will help make the soil fast-draining and provide oxygen supply for the roots.
Mix all these ingredients well before planting your Treubii Moonlight.
This plant can also do well in a wide range of pH values. Normally, it would be good to maintain the pH level to around 6.5 to 8 for the best results.
Any of the following soil mixes will also do well for your Treubii Moonlight plant:
- Succulent & Cactus Soil Mix – Premium Pre-Mixed Fast Draining Blend (1.25 Dry Quarts)
- Organic Potting Soil, Succulent & Cactus Soil Mix, Fast Draining Pre-Mixed Blend (3 Dry Quart)
- All Natural Succulent and Cactus Soil Mix by Perfect Plants (4 Quarts)
5. High Humidity
Humidity is an important factor while growing any plant and should not be overlooked. Treubii Moonlight being a tropical plant, prefers the humidity to be high.
A humidity level of around 60-70% is best for growing Treubii Moonlight.
A low humid environment results in crisping of the leaves, yellowing and causes the plant to lose its vigor.
Your plant will grow beautifully and always look fresh and attractive with optimal humidity.
A humidity level below 40%, will severely affect the plant’s health.
Tips to Increase the Humidity levels
- A full-proof safe way to ensure high humidity levels is to keep a humidifier in the room. It will help to maintain optimum humidity levels at all times.
- Keeping a pebble tray below or beside the plant will also help to keep a humid surrounding environment.
- You can also group the plants to maintain the moisture level in the plant’s surrounding area. However, grouping is also an easy way to spread any pest or disease infestation, which you should keep in mind.
- Misting your plant is also a good method to keep it fresh and humid. You can mist them daily if the climate is too dry in the summer season. Otherwise, misting once or twice a month will do.
6. Fertilizer Requirements
Treubii Moonlight requires frequent fertilization to ensure that its foliage grows big and healthy.
For the best results, fertilize your plant once a month during the growing season (summer and spring season).
In winter times, it would be best to cut back fertilizing fully. The Winter season is a time for dormancy, so there won’t be any active growth.
The plant won’t be able to utilize the nutrients during that time which is why it would be best to avoid it altogether.
Also, since it is a non-flowering plant, it is best to use a high fertilizer in Nitrogen content.
A synthetic fertilizer in the ratio 20-10-10 will be the best for growing this plant.
Or, an all-purpose balanced fertilizer like ENVY All-Purpose Plant Food can also be used for growing your Treubii Moonlight.
Ensure that you don’t use more than the recommended dosage on the label and avoid frequent fertilization.
Over-fertilizing will easily result in various plant health-related issues, so sticking to a proper fertilizing schedule is important.
You can also use blood or feather meals as an organic fertilizer source. It is great in Nitrogen content that shall help the plant grow rapidly.
7. Size and Growth Habits
Treubii Moonlight is a trailing plant which means that it will require a support system to grow properly.
With proper support, this plant can grow up to 8 feet.
Thus, it is suggested to grow it in a place where it can reach its full height.
Using a bamboo stick, a trellis, a moss stick, or a pole as a support system will help Moonlight to grow to its full extent.
However, it would be good to use a stick or a pole to grow stylishly rather than a trellis.
The leaves themselves can grow from 5 to 20 inches in length. These leaves are the main attraction for which the plant is grown.
With the right growing conditions, Treubii can grow rapidly and reach a few feet within months.
8. Potting and Repotting
Choosing the right kind of pot will completely alter how the plant grows.
Various kinds of pots of different sizes and materials are available.
The best pot for Treubii Moonlight has always been a terracotta pot with enough drainage holes.
Clay pots like terracotta pots can easily retain the moisture and ensure that the soil moisture is even.
Some people also use plastic pots, but it is suggested that you use plastic pots if you live in a humid climate.
Make sure that you choose a pot that is an inch or two bigger than the diameter of the plant spread.
Repotting Treubii Moonlight
Repotting is necessary only when the plant outgrows the current pot.
When the plant roots start approaching the surface and peek out from the drainage holes, it is the repotting time.
Another reason to repot is to replenish the nutrients by changing the soil completely.
It will be a good time to check the plant roots for any signs of damage or disease, which we will cover in the next topic.
Repotting can be done once a year or two before the main growing season (spring and summer), depending on how much the plant has grown.
If the root starts poking out of the surface of the drainage holes, then it is a sign that the plant needs repotting.
Tips for Repotting
- Avoid repotting your plant immediately if you have just bought it. Wait for a month before repotting.
- Always choose a pot with drainage holes while repotting.
- Repotting is a great time to check the health of the roots and change the soil.
- Treubii Moonlight likes to be root-bound, so you don’t have to repot it frequently.
Steps for Repotting
- Choose an appropriate-sized pot and fill the bottom with small pebbles and gravels.
- You should fill Two-thirds of the pot with soil.
- Uproot the plant carefully from the old pot and place it in the new one.
- Put some soil again and press it firmly.
- Water and place your plant in a brightly lit location.
I use the following pots for my Treubii moonlight, and I have found that they do well for this plant:
- Terracotta Pots for Plants, 4.2 Inch 5.3 Inch 6.5 Inch,
- GROWNEER 24 Packs 0.7 Gallon Flexible Nursery Pot Flower Pots
- Flower Pots, 5 Pack 6 Inch Plastic Plant Pots with Drainage Holes and Saucers
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9. Flowering Habit
Treubii Moonlight comes from the flowering genus Scindapsus.
It produces small whitish-yellow aromatic flowers that are used to manufacture perfumes.
The bloom appears at the end of a stalk called a spadix.
It is a rare flowering plant, and you will seldom find it flowering in cultivation.
However, it is possible to find it flowering in its native region during the growing seasons.
10. Pruning your Treubii Moonlight
Pruning ensures that your plant has vigorous growth and improves its plant appearance.
So, be ready to buy some tools and equipment for keeping the plant’s growth in check.
Pruning should be done during the spring or summer season, and you can use the pruned stems for propagation.
A light pruning will be the best for your Treubii Moonlight and allow optimal growth.
Pruning should ideally be done when the plant starts overgrowing, or you need to cut down the dead parts.
There is no fixed routine to it, but it can add up to once every two years.
Since Treubii Moonlight is a shrub-like plant, it requires very light pruning. You can
- Prune using sterilized scissors or a sharp knife,
- Use the knife or the scissors to cut down the dead plant leaves or any damaged stem,
- Prune down any plant parts showing signs of diseases,
- Prune off any overgrown foliage to make it look good.
11. Treubii Moonlight Toxicity
Treubii Moonlight is known to be toxic for both pets and humans.
Most of the species of the genus Scindapsus have high toxicity levels.
If ingested by humans, you will see difficulty breathing, swollen lips, swollen tongue, or excessive vomiting. As for animals, symptoms such as drooling, difficulty swallowing, and vomiting are common.
These are caused by the Calcium Oxalate crystals found on the plant parts, which are specifically present to prevent the plants from chewing on the plant parts.
If you suspect that your child may have ingested the plant parts, seek medical attention asap.
If your pets show any of the above symptoms of toxicity contact your local veterinarian or call the APCC at (888) 426-4435 immediately.
You can follow the steps below to reduce the exposure of the toxic crystals to you, your child, or your pets.
- The first thing is to place the plant out of reach of pets and children. You can set the plant above a shelf or hang it in a pot.
- Several pet repellant sprays are available to repel the pets from chewing the plant successfully.
- Children should be taught not to touch this plant or play with it.
- Always use protective equipment when handling the plant.
Propagating your Treubii Moonlight (Stem Cutting)
Treubii Moonlight is best propagated by the stem cutting method.
I have found that this method has the most success rate for propagating a Treubii Moonlight.
Propagation is ideally done in the summer or the spring season when the plant is at its active growth phase.
You should follow the steps below to propagate your Treubii Moonlight.
- The first step should always be to sanitize the equipment. You would want to disinfect the tools you use for propagation by rubbing them with alcohol.
- Wear gloves before starting the operation.
- Use a sharp knife/pruning shears and make a 3-4 inch cut on the stem just below the node.
- Cut at a 45° angle as it has the most surface area necessary for rapid growth.
- Make sure to include one or two leaves on the stem cutting.
- You can dab the cut end with a rooting hormone to speed up the plant’s growth.
Now you can either propagate your plant on the soil or in water.
I prefer growing the plant in water as you can visibly check the growth of the roots in water.
1. Propagation in Water
You should follow the steps below for propagation in water:
- Fill a vase with clean water up to two-thirds of its height.
- Place the stem cutting in the water without letting it touch the base.
- It should be kept in a place with filtered bright sunlight.
- Keep changing the water every 3-4 days or when it gets murky.
- Transfer it to a pot after the root grows about 3-4 inches.
2. Propagation in Soil
If you want to save your plant from transplant stress, you can propagate the plant in the soil.
- Fill a pot with two-thirds of the right potting mix.
- Place your stem cutting into the potting mix.
- The potting mix should cover the node of the stem.
- You can hide the plant with a plastic coating to increase the humidity.
- But remember to keep airing the bag frequently so that no microbes grow inside.
- Let the root grow for 3-4 inches and water the plant.
Some growers have had success in propagation through seeds as well. However, it is a lengthy and complicated process which is why your best bet would be stem propagation.
Common Problems in Treubii Moonlight
1. Common Pests
Pests are pesky little insects that will damage the plant in no time.
Fortunately for you, Treubii Moonlight is generally resistant to pests.
There is a very low incidence of pest infestation affecting this plant.
However, if, by any chance, your plant happens to fall prey to pests, then you can treat the pest infestation in the following ways.
Treatment of Pest Infestation
- Dabbing the bugs with alcohol-dipped cotton swabs.
- Blasting off the pests with water.
- Wiping the plant leaves with a clean wet cloth.
- Pruning the infested leaves and plant parts.
2. Common Diseases
As for disease, any plant can be susceptible to root rot if not cared for properly.
Although this plant is very resistant to diseases, root rot can affect its growth.
Using compact soil can damage the plant by blocking the roots from taking up Oxygen.
Over-watering can also easily result in root rot problems.
You will see symptoms like yellowing, wilting, and foliage discoloration if root rot occurs.
Preventive Measures for Root Rot
- Use clean and sterilized containers and pots.
- Soil should be well-draining and porous.
- Watering should be done timely only when the topsoil starts drying off.
3. Yellowing Leaves
Watering issues are the most common culprit for yellowing leaves.
Both overwatering and underwatering can result in yellow leaves, which drain the plant of its valuable nutrients.
If the soil is too wet, it blocks the passage of oxygen for the roots and causes the plant to suffocate.
On the other hand, too dry soil prevents the plant from receiving its nutrients.
Thus, if you see your plant facing this problem, make sure that you bring some changes to the watering routine.
4. Curling Leaves
Curling leaves result from various issues ranging from pests, watering points, and other environmental factors.
It can be troublesome to identify why your leaves are curling.
Fortunately, the direction in which the leaf is curling can tell a lot about the problem that your plant’s problem.
- Leaves curling downwards are usually a sign that you are overwatering and overfeeding the plant.
In such cases, you need to check on your watering regime and stop fertilizing the plant until the leaves retain their normal shape.
- Most of the reasons for leaves curling upwards are due to environmental factors.
Too much sunlight, lack of aeration, or too windy location are some causes of leaves curling in the upward direction. Changing where you put your plant can resolve this issue most of the time.
- Another type of leaf curling is the leaf margin curling.
It is mostly caused by overfeeding issues but caused by root-related problems.
Lack of aeration in the roots, soggy soil, and too many nutrients can result in leaf margin curling. Replacing or rejuvenating the soil can help to solve this issue.
Tips to Keep your Treubii Moonlight Problem-Free
Most of the time, your Treubii Moonlight won’t face any problems, which is why it is a very beginner-friendly plant.
If you keep track of the points discussed earlier, you won’t have to deal with any serious troubling issues.
As long as you water your plant properly, use the right soil, and avoid keeping it in the wrong places, you will see your plant thriving beautifully.
However, there still is a chance that you may face some issues while bringing the plant home for the first time.
- If you buy your plant online, allow it to acclimate to the new environment for a few weeks before repotting it to a unique pot.
- Wipe your plant leaves with a clean wet cloth to prevent dust accumulation.
- Oftenly rotate your plant to ensure that the plant’s foliage grows symmetrically in all directions.
- Be sure to adjust to the height of the support pole as the plant grows taller. Otherwise, the leaves won’t grow as fully as they should.
Here is a short video of tips on how to take care of your Treubii Moonlight
Frequently Asked Questions about Treubii Moonlight
How fast does the Treubii Moonlight grow?
Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight is a comparatively slow grower. It can take about 3-4 months to grow to a good size.
Is Treubii Moonlight a rare plant?
Treubii Moonlight is a rare house plant famous in the gardening community for its beautiful vintage looks. It might be hard to find in local nurseries, but you can look at online forums and garden centers to find one.
Why is my Treubii Moonlight not Growing?
One of the main reasons for stunted growth is the Lack of Proper Sunlight. Therefore, this plant should get at least 6-8 hours of bright indirect sunlight daily for proper growth.
Fertilization is also an essential aspect of helping this plant grow.
Why is my Treubii Moonlight Turning Brown?
Low humidity, under watering, and excessive sunlight can cause the browning of the leaves.
Watering timely and keeping the humidity levels in check will help prevent your plant from turning brown. These are the factors you need to check if your plant is starting to turn brown.
Now you can take care of your Treubii Moonlight on your own and also share this information with others to help them grow theirs.
Treubii Moonlight is a rare houseplant, and if cared for properly, it will be a gorgeous addition to your plant collection.
Even as a beginner, you can grow this plant easily and hone your gardening skills.