Scindapsus pictus (commonly known as Satin pothos and silver vine) is an ornamental, evergreen climber. It has long stems and heart-shaped leaves edged in silver,covered with silver splotches. Satin pothos leaves come in two different forms, On juvenile plants the leaves are oval and entire, on mature plants the leaves are pinnately lobed. They are matte green and covered in silver blotches. Spikes of small insignificant apetalous blossoms enclosed in spathes bloom in summer. Blooms are followed by small berries. Blossoms and berries rarely show up on indoor plants.
Scientific Name: Scindapsus pictus
Synonyms: Pothos argenteus, Pothos argyraea, Pothos argyraeus, Scindapsus argyraeus, Scindapsus pothoides.
Common Names: Satin pothos and silver vine.
How to grow and maintain Scindapsus pictus (Satin pothos):
It thrives best in bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight because it will scorch the leaves. Low light will
cause the leaves to lose their variegation.
It grows well in fertile, moist but well-drained soils. Or use all-purpose houseplant potting mix.
Water your satin pothos plant regularly during the growing season and always keep the soil evenly moist but never allow your plant to sit in water. You can allow the topsoil to become slightly dry between each watering. During the winter months,
It prefers an average to warm 65 degrees Fahrenheit – 85 degrees Fahrenheit / 18 degrees Celsius – 29 degrees Celsius. Avoid temperatures that dip below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Because the cooler air will damage plant foliage.
Fertilize once a month from spring through fall with a 20-10-10 liquid fertilizer diluted by half.
Prune your satin pothos plant occasionally, which helps it to branch out and become fuller. Spring is the best time to cut it
back. Utilize sharp pruners to avoid tearing the stems.
Scindapsus pictus can be easily propagated by stem tip cuttings. Take four inches tip cuttings in spring or early summer and insert them into moist peat moss based potting blend.
Pests and Diseases:
There is no serious pest or disease problems. Look for fungal leaf spot and botrytis. Scale and mites may appear.