Scindapsus Pictus Care: Tips On Growing Satin Pothos

Scindapsus Pictus (skin-DAP-sus, PIK-tus), also called Scindapsus Pictus, or Epipremnum Pictum is a flowering species in the plant family Araceae. 

This evergreen plant is indigenous to South East Asia including Thailand, Bangladesh, Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, and the Philippines.

attractive leaves of scindapsus pictus (Satin Pothos)
Attractive foliage of Scindapsus pictus the Satin Pothos

The flowering climber has been the winner of the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit. 

The cultivar has a common variety – Scindapsus pictus with a few common names, which are as follows:

  • Satin Pothos
  • Silk Pothos
  • Silver Pothos
  • Silver Philodendron or Philodendron Silver

Other members of the Araceae family include:

Scindapsus Pictus Care

Size and Growth

Scindapsus Pictus is an easy-to-grow plant as long as it is provided with the right amount of warmth and water. 

The tropical Satin Pothos plant heightens up to 3’ feet when grown indoors, but is capable to grow up to 10’ feet tall when planted outdoors.

Under ideal growing conditions, the evergreen climber produces bright green leaves with the handsome variegation. 

The large, heart-shaped leaves of the Satin Pothos have striking silvery grey splotches on them, which gives the plant a shiny appeal.

NOTE: The Scindapsus Pictus ‘Argyraeus’ variety has smaller leaves with clearer silvery-white markings and a silvery margin. Argyraeus enjoys bright indirect light.

The cultivar Scindapsus Pictus Exotica has lance shaped leaves with large silver areas.

Flowering and Fragrance

Flowers are an insignificant feature of satin pathos. 

However, the plant can produce tiny inflorescences, known as a spadix, in the summer. 

These flowers usually appear in a bright green color and are often followed by small berries.

NOTE: Flowers and fruits rarely show up on Scindapsus Pictus.

Light and Temperature

Satin pothos prefers bright indirect light, all year round. 

Full direct sun damages the leaves of the plant and results in the loss of variegation. 

When growing indoors, make sure not to place the plant near a window, where the plant may receive direct sunlight. 

Place Scindapsus Pictus in a spot where it easily receives indirect lighting. 

The flowering Satin pothos best grows in tropical temperatures so it is ideal to protect the plant from harsh wintry cold.

Scindapsus Pictus is intolerant to frost so make sure the temperature does not fall below 59° degrees Fahrenheit (15° C). 

Offer average to warm temperatures, ideally ranging from 65° to 85°degrees Fahrenheit (18° – 29° C).

Watering and Feeding

Be careful when watering Scindapsus Pictus as the silver vine may wilt easily if given too much water. 

Check the soil to assess the quantity of water the plant needs. 

Water it when the soil is slightly dry at the top, but moderately wet around the bottom. 

Make sure the soil isn’t bone dry or your Scindapsus Pictus plant may start to wither away.   

The plant is tolerant of under-watering to some extent but less tolerant of overwatering.

When fertilizing the plant, use well-balanced, water-soluble fertilizer and apply it once a month during the growing season.

Soil and Transplanting

  • Scindapsus Pictus is not fussy about the potting soil. 
  • Any great quality houseplant potting mix works fine. 
  • Make sure to choose a nutrient-rich and well-draining potting mix. 
  • Transplanting is ideally done in spring when the plant outgrows its pot/container. 
  • Use a pot/container twice an inch or two bigger than the current pot. 
  • Make sure to use a pot with proper drainage holes. 
  • In this way, the plant can hold excessive water easily. 
  • A decorative cachepot is a great alternative to a plastic nursery pot.

Grooming and Maintenance

An important maintenance tip for the satin pothos is to avoid soggy soil. Wet soil is often the result of overwatering. However, high humidity is important for these good looking tropical plants.

In winter, bring the plant indoors and provide ideal room temperatures for the desired growth.  

Wash and clean leaves monthly with water, not oil and remove any withered leaves. Older leaves will drop and sporadic pruning will benefit the plant as it encourages new growths.

How To Propagate Satin Pothos

  • Propagate the plant by taking tip cuttings in spring or summer. 
  • Place a 4” inch cutting into a well-moist potting mix. 
  • The cuttings will take at least a month to sprout new roots. 
  • Until then, keep the plant in part sun and the soil well-drained.

Satin Pothos Pests and Diseases

Generally, the indoor plant is pest and disease-free. The plant is occasionally attacked by scales or spider mites.

However, the plant is prone to root rot if overwatered. 

Is The Satin Pothos Toxic or Poisonous?

Scindapsus pictus is toxic to pets including dogs and cats and causes health concerns such as mouth pain, vomiting, appetite loss, and eating difficulties. 

If ingested by humans, it may cause skin irritation.

Is The Satin Pothos Plant Invasive?

In frost-free and humid climates, the plant is invasive. 

The vining plant spreads aggressively mostly in tropical or subtropical regions.  

Scindapsus Pictus Uses

Like many tropicals the Scindapsus satin pothos has no season of rest and grows year-round. It is always attractive, but do not expect to see any flowers. It is a fine plant for a warm living room with indirect light.

Satin pothos is a trailing vine used for decorating walls and growing in hanging baskets.

If space is tight Scindapsus can also grow up, around and cover a moss totem providing attractive and sturdy support.

These stakes can be found in garden centers and online. The Satin pothos will need to help to attach the stems in the totem pole in the beginning. But soon the plant will find its own way and cling with no help.

12" Coir Moss Totem Pole Plants Climbing Stake
  • The pole is made of pure natural coir moss fiber
  • The sturdy sharpened wood stick allows for inserting the pole into the soil easily, providing strong support for the plant extension. The rope wrapping the pole holds the coir moss firmly for long-last use.


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NOTE: Keep the moss constantly moist to provide the extra humidity this tropical likes.

Owing to its large, oval leaves, the valuable plant acts as a vivarium where dart frogs prefer laying their eggs.  

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