Satin Pothos Care
Plant Care,  Scindapsus

Satin Pothos Care

Satin pothos do well in most households and are easy to care for as long as you follow a few basic care needs…

Satin Pothos Care Summary

Light needs:Lots of indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Water when the top layer is dry.
Fertilizer:Feed a balanced fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.
Soil:A well-draining peat-based potting compost.
Humidity:They love humidity – mist them each morning.
Temperature:20-30°C (approx 70-86°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Scindapsus pictus, silver pothos, silver splash pothos.
Common issues:Can lose their color in low light conditions.


Welcome to our guide to satin pothos care. The satin pothos aka the scindapsus pictus, is a climbing tropical houseplant originally from Asia. The good news it is a relatively easy to care for plant that will fit most homes.

We’ve also got guides on it’s relatives the scindapsus treubii moonlight and the scindapsus silver hero.

Light Needs

Satin pothos love lots of indirect sunlight, but not direct as this can burn them. They can do ok in lower light conditions, but can lose some of their silver coloring or become leggier.

How Often to Water

Water your scindapsus pictus when the top layer is dry, you can use your finger to test it.


You can feed your satin pothos a balanced fertilizer once a month in spring and summer. Or you can use one will slightly higher nitrogen content. Dilute it well the first time and check the plant does not brown (from fertilizer burning).


A well-draining peat-based potting compost will suit your satin pothos well.

When To Repot

Repot in spring, you can take cuttings a month before and plant them back in at the same pot a the time of repotting to make the plant bushier.


Satin pothos is a tropical houseplant and loves humidity, it will do well in normal household humidity, but will thrive if you can mist in the mornings, or when you water it.


Satin pothos will do best in the 20-30°C temperature range (approx 70-86°F).

Where To Buy A Satin Pothos

You can buy satin pothos from many rare plant shops or Etsy.

Other Names for Satin Pothos

Other names for satin pothos are scindapsus pictus, silver pothos, silver splash pothos.

Satin Pothos Varieties

There are a number of satin pothos varieties, we run down as many as we can below…

Argyraeus – small leaf dark green with silver speckles.
Silver Satin – large leaves, small silver speckles
Exotica – large, more curly leaf with grean and sivler speckles.
Silvery Ann – more silver than green, small leaf.
Silver Splash – big leaves lots of silver speckles almost overing the lea. .
Jade – All green, no silver.
Silver hero – practically all silver.
Silver Lady – very much like the argyraeus, the same patterning, but inverted – with much more liver than green.

Sources: Gabriella Plants and Plant Circle.

Satin Pothos Care FAQs and Common Problems

Satin pothos sometimes lose their color if in low light conditions, in this case give them more light. They are also susceptible to over watering, be careful to maintain a regular watering schedule, but only water if the top layer of soil is already dry.

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