Satin Pothos Care: The Ultimate Guide for Beginners

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If you’re looking for an easy-care plant that can handle a wide range of conditions but also makes an excellent ornament to your living corner, look no further than the Satin pothos. This hardy perennial vine is adaptable to most types and gardening styles, from low to bright light, high humidity to extremely dry air, and it is also not a picky plant. In other words, the satin pothos is a great plant to start with if you’re not exactly a green thumb.

The satin pothos is also known as the “devil’s ivy” because it’s fairly impossible to kill. This makes it a great choice for amateur gardeners who want to add some greenery to their home but doesn’t have much time or experience caring for plants. If you decide to try with the satin pothos, you should know a few things about caring for them.

About Satin Pothos

grey splotches and heart-shaped leaves on satin pothos

Scientific Name Scindapsus Pictus
Common Name Silk pothos,  silver philodendron, satin pothos, silver pothos
Family Arum
Origin Southeast Asia
Plant Type Perennial vine
Bloom Time Summer
Flower Color  Inconspicuous
Soil Soil pH: 6.1 – 6.5Soil type: Potting soil mix
Water After the top 3 inches of soil have dried off, water. It will put up with being underwater, but much less with being overwatered.
Temperature 59°F (15°C) to 77°F (25°C)
Sunlight Provides strong, filtered light all year round. Direct sunlight will burn its leaves, and insufficient lighting will cause its variegation to disappear.
Toxicity Toxic to pets and humans

Like its relative botanical pothos (Epipremnum aureum), Satin Pothos (Scindapsus Pictus) is one of the simplest houseplants to grow. They are both Arum family members, both being tropical, evergreen vines that cannot withstand freezing temperatures and therefore, typically grow indoors.

With silvery grey splotches featured on dark green, heart-shaped leaves, these scindapsus pictus plants have an almost polished appearance that makes them stand out from other types of horticulture.

Satin pothos will cling to everything in its path, including a trellis, a pole, other plants, a furniture piece, or a wall through its aerial roots. Sometimes it manages to achieve it, and other times it needs a little assistance, such as from tiny, invisible hooks. You may plant them inside a hanging planter and let the foliage flow down rather than letting it trail.

Satin Pothos Care

use potting mix for pothos to thrive

Keep your Satin pothos happy with these simple tips: 

Light

Satin pothos wants bright indirect light. Because the leaves will burn and lose their pattern in direct light. If the plant is placed close to a window, a curtain will be required to protect it from the bright sun. 

Soil

Use a professional indoor potting mix that combines peat moss, perlite, pine bark, and vermiculite to guarantee good drainage and nutrients. In moist and muddy soil, the pothos does not grow well.

Watering

Care for your indoor plant by making sure that they are only getting the amount of water they need. Overwatering is not desired because it will result in yellow leaves and wilted vines, so check for dryness in the soil. You can put a finger down into the soil at least 2 inches deep before deciding whether or not it’s dry enough not to require watering again today. 

Fertilizer

Apply a complete, water-soluble houseplant fertilizer to the Satin pothos once a month during the growing season, which runs from spring to fall. Use a fertilizer with equal nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium ratio, such as a 20-20-20 or 15-15-15 formula. Follow the package directions for application rates.

Further reading:

use equal mineral fertilizer for pothos

Temperature

Because these tropical plants detest cold weather, they need warmth. Try to grow it in an area where the annual average temperature ranges from 59°F (15°C) to 77°F (25°C). But they can tolerate a bit of chill and will do just fine in an environment where the temperature dips to 50°F (10°C) for a short period.

Humidity

Humidity is an important factor to consider when caring for your plants. The ideal humidity range around the plant would be 40-50%. You can increase this by placing a pot on a tray filled with pebbles and water, but make sure that there isn’t any exposure to water where roots could get rot.

Repotting

It just takes several years before the roots fill a pot. Feel free to repot your plant into a larger pot once this has occurred and you can see a lot of roots sprouting out of the drainage holes. 

However, you’ll never need to repot urgently. These plants will endure crowded conditions for a very long time before exhibiting any symptoms of distress.

Satin Pothos Propagation

pothos propagation is a straight forward process

It is straightforward to grow new plants using stem cuttings. If you take several cuttings and plant them in the same pot, you can grow a healthy plant in less than 6 months. Start by locating the ends of the vine or stem and trimming above a leaf node with a pair of sharp scissors.

These nodes appear every 5cm (2.5 inches) to 10cm (5 inches) down the stem. Therefore there must be at least one or two of them where you will be cutting the vine. In the end, only a few leaves are needed. Therefore, the cutting does not have to be lengthy. Simply put the ends of your cuttings in a vase or jar with water when you have several.

The leaves should remain above the water while the node is submerged. The vase or container should be placed in a room with cozy, indirect lighting. It’s critical to avoid low light or direct sunlight at this stage because they could hinder the growth of the cuttings. The node’s roots should start to form after a few weeks.

Once they have grown to a length of a few inches, you can transplant them into the potting soil. Put a few cuttings in the same container so they can grow into a fuller plant faster. Once the plants have reached the appropriate size, carefully move them into their pots.

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Toxicity

satin is poisonous to humans and pets

The Satin Pothos is a beautiful, low-maintenance plant that is perfect for any home or office. But did you know that the it is poisonous to humans and pets if ingested? Even though it may not be the most dangerous plant out there, it’s still important to be aware of the potential risks associated with this pretty little plant.

The plant is considered to be mildly poisonous to humans and pets. If ingested, the plant can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It can also cause difficulty breathing, paralysis, and even death in severe cases. 

The sap of the Satin contains toxins that can irritate the skin and mucous membranes. If you come into contact with the sap, it’s important to wash the area with soap and water. If you suspect your pet or child has ingested some parts of this plants like leaves, stems, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately. 

The plant is not considered life-threatening but can cause serious illness if not treated promptly.

Common Problems

The objective of caring for this plant is to avoid turning the leaves brown or yellow and to provide a healthy environment for them to thrive. However, there are a variety of causes for brown and yellow leaves, as well as several illnesses and pests that you must be aware of when taking care of them.

leaves curling is a bad sign on pothos

Leaves Curling

Even under extreme heat, the satin pothos leaves can curl, although this is more likely to happen whenever the plant requires water (underwatering). The leaves curl backward to retain what little water is left after the growing medium has completely dried out. Within 24 hours, your plant’s leaves will entirely uncurl if you don’t give them enough water.

Yellow Leaves

A few causes could cause this.

  • The occasional yellow leaf may just be a sign of regular age and is nothing to be concerned about.
  • A large number of yellow leaves at once, especially if they are all located on the same vine or stem, is a clear sign of too much water (overwatering).
  • The leaf will occasionally become yellow if there is too much sunlight and a greater temperature. 

Brown Leaves

Brown leaves are perhaps the most frequent issue owners may experience. They typically result from any of the following.

  • Overwatering: The soil must have at least a slight chance to dry out between waterings. They require some drying out because they dislike being constantly wet. Over time, dark leaf tips may form if the soil remains consistently damp (as opposed to saturated, which can lead to root rot!).
  • Dry, warm air: Although overly dry air may theoretically lead the leaf tips (and leaf margins, in fact, not just the tips) to brown, humidity is typically not a concern.

Care Tips

vines and roots can grow quite quickly

Since this variety of plant grows very quickly, you’ll probably need to repot it every year to replace the old soil with fresh. Major repotting is best done in the spring or summer when the plant emerges from dormancy. 

The task is not too difficult, regardless of whether you grow it in a hung basket, a conventional container with the stems hanging over the edge, or a pot with a mossy stick on which it can climb. Any material will do as long as there is bottom drainage when it comes to a suitable container. 

Bottom drainage is essential to prevent problems with root rot caused by the soil’s excessive water retention. If the plant is outgrown its current container, it is recommended to use a container that is just one size larger. This will reduce the likelihood that you will overwater it and cause the soil to stay soggy for an extended period.

  • The well-drained, rich potting mix should be placed about a quarter up the new container. Water to help the dirt settle.
  • Check your plant’s root system for bunching and delicately pull it apart if necessary before gently removing it from its current container.
  • The plant should be put inside its new container. This is the moment to place the moss stick into the pot if you’re using one to allow it to climb on.
  • Put potting mix in the remaining space in the pot, pressing it tightly around the mossy stick if necessary and around the base of the plant.
  • Re-water the soil until the bottom drainage holes are filled with water. Put your plants in a suitable indoor spot with strong, indirect light.

FAQs

Do Satin Pothos need sunlight?

No, they don’t do not need direct sunlight to thrive. They can grow quite well in low-light or artificial light conditions. However, they will benefit from some indirect bright light each day. This will help them to maintain their variegated foliage and prevent them from becoming leggy. 

If you are growing your pothos in a very dark room, you may need to provide some supplemental light with a grow light.

Should I mist Satin Pothos?

Yes, you should mist this plant regularly to help increase humidity around the plant and prevent the leaves from drying out. Mist the plant once or twice a week or whenever the leaves start to look dry. Be sure not to oversaturate the plant, and allow the excess water to drain away.

Are Scindapsus pictus plants fast-growing?

Yes, Scindapsus pictus Exotica is a fast-growing plant. It can grow up to 1 foot per week under ideal conditions. However, its growth rate will slow down if the plant is not getting enough light or if the soil is too dry.

Final Word

Hopefully, you have all the information necessary to cultivate beautiful, healthy pothos. This is a surprisingly simple and rewarding vine to cultivate indoors if you get the fundamentals right. Happy growing.

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Kelly Lawrence

Kelly Lawrence

I’m Kelly Lawrence, two years after graduating with a Journalism major, I had the opportunity to apply my experiences to become the founder and executive content writer of this gardening blog.