Scindapsus Pictus: Satin Pothos Plant

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Scindapsus Pictus Plant

Scindapsus Pictus

‘Argyraeus’ is a Pothos family plant, easy to grow vining plant with the light green foliage of silvery tone, reflective variegation spots.

The heart-like shape leaves are velvety to the touch and matte in texture, which has led this plant to have the familiar names Philodendron Silver and Satin Pothos (though botanically it is neither Philodendron nor Pothos).

This small-leafed Scindapsus cultivar shows its variegation in a beautiful spotting pattern throughout the leaves.

Eventually, its vines grow pretty long, making Scinapsus pictus an excellent choice for hanging planters.

Scindapsus Pictus  Repot in spring

Once the plant outgrows its container, use a pot only a few inches bigger as a way bigger container will hold an excess of water. A brilliant idea would be to use a pot with drain holes. 

Should you chose to use a cachepot (container without drain holes), place a standard nursery pot inside the cachepot. You can cover the bottom of cachepots with some pebbles to keep the inside pot above the draining water.

Satin pothos complications usually appear in leaves. 

Brown leaf tips are caused by overly dry air. Yellow leaves are a result of overwatering.

Brown spots with yellow halos around the edges indicate bacterial leaf spots. Clip off affected leaves. Avoid getting leaves wet when watering.

Scindapsus Pictus Care Tips

Origin: South-east Asia Scindapsus Pictus

Height: Up to 3 ft (90 cm) or even more. You may cut the stalks back to any length if you prefer a shorter houseplant.

Light: Provide Scindapsus pictus bright, non-direct light thorough the year. Severe direct sunlight will burn its leaves, while too little light will invoke the leaves to lose their variegation.

Water: Water completely and allow the top inch of soil to dry out between the watering cycle. Keep the soil hardly moist during the winter.

Yellowish leaves are a symptom of over-watering. Regularly use room-temperature water when you are watering houseplants and provide reliable drainage.

Humidity: Try to keep 40 to 50% relative humidity about your plant. You can use a small humidifier or a humidity tray during winter if the air is overly dry.

Temperature: Moderate to warm 65-85°F/18-29°C. Please do not expose Satin Pothos to temperatures below 60°F/16°C, not even for a short time; hence, cold air will ruin this tropical plant’s foliage.

Soil: Use an all-purpose houseplant potting mix.

Fertilizer: Feed each month spring through fall with a 20-10-10 water-soluble fertilizer diluted by half. 

Propagation: Use 4 inch (10 cm) tip cuttings in spring or early summer and insert them into moist peat moss-based potting mix. Cuttings root easily in around a month.

Neon Pothos

Neon Pothos

Neon pothos, a new selection, offers all the features that make the pothos you already know great. With heart-shaped foliage, a pretty trailing habit, and a never-say-die attitude, it seems to thrive on neglect.

Its chartreuse leaves glow and will brighten any spot in your house.

Bird’s nest fern adds interest and texture to the display. Its apple green, wavy-edged leaves unfurl from a tight center, giving the appearance of a bird’s nest.

Mature foliage also boasts a beautiful black midrib (central vein) that adds further appeal. This attractive plant is extremely easy to grow.

It prefers medium to bright, indirect light but can take low-light conditions.

Use these plants alone, or combine them in pretty pots for a bright display to liven up your home.


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