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Satin Pothos (Scindapsus Pictus)

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Satin pothos (Scindapsus pictus), just like its botanical cousin pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is one of the easiest houseplants to grow. Both are members of the Arum family. They are evergreen tropical vines that are not cold-tolerant. That’s why pothos is usually grown indoors.

Satin Pothos (Scindapsus Pictus) Care

Satin pothos is a low-maintenance houseplant. In addition to the routine care of watering and fertilizing, an extra step you can take to improve its appearance is snipping off any damaged or dead leaves and pruning when the vines are growing too long and becoming sparse. Cutting back the plant will encourage new leaf growth and make it fuller. Pruning is best done in the spring when the growing season starts.

If your satin pothos accumulates dust, you can wash the leaves with water. Don’t use oil to make them shine, as it can clog the cells and affect the leaves’ ability to breathe.

Satin pothos in white hanging planter over white desk
Satin pothos with spotted leaves closeup

 

Satin pothos with spotted leaves and unfurling bud closeup

Light

Satin pothos (Scindapsus pictus) needs bright light but it must be indirect. When exposed to full direct sun, its leaves will lose their variegation and get scorched.

Soil

Use a commercial indoor potting mix, which already contains nutrients and ensures good drainage through its combination of peat moss, pine bark, and perlite or vermiculiteScindapsus pictus does poorly in wet, soggy soil.

Water

When watering satin pothos, the key is to avoid overwatering, which will manifest itself by yellow leaves and the vine wilting.

Water only when the top two inches of the soil feel dry to the touch—poke your finger into the soil to check. Water slowly and deeply with room-temperature water until you see water seeping out of the drain holes.

Temperature and Humidity

Satin pothos is a tropical plant, which means it needs warmth and humidity. The ideal growth temperature ranges from 65 to 85 degrees F. At a lower temperature, it will suffer cold damage and die. In dry air, the leaf tips can turn brown.

40 to 50% relative humidity around your plant is ideal. You can increase the humidity by placing the pot on a tray filled with pebbles and water, but in a way that the roots are not exposed to the water.

Misting Scindapsus pictus to increase humidity is not recommended because the aerial roots also absorb moisture so it might result in overwatering.

Fertilizer

During the growing season, from spring to fall, fertilize the satin pothos about once a month with a complete, water-soluble houseplant fertilizer.

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