Satin Pothos

Satin Pothos

ORIGIN

The Satin Pothos, Scindapsus pictus, is from Southeast Asia and is known to be very easy to grow while looking distinctly beautiful! They are fairly drought-resistant plants - if you're unsure, it's better to hold off on watering, as overwatering will do much more harm to your Satin Pothos than underwatering it.

They are quite commonly misidentified as the 'Silver Philodendron', as both are trailing plants that show quite similar patterning on their leaves. However, it's the leaves that help tell them apart. Silver Philodendrons have smaller, flatter leaves with less dense variegation, whereas Satin Pothos leaves often show some curling and have larger areas of variegation.

Variegation refers to a lack of pigmentation in the leaves, which creates attractive green and white patterned foliage.

Satin Pothos

CARE

Satin Pothos plants are very beginner-friendly, as they are known to be forgiving of a missed watering every now and then. They're also suitable for a variety of different home environments. Their preference is bright, indirect light, but it's also safe to place your pothos in a more shaded corner if you have other more demanding plants that are occupying your window ledge.

Note that too much sunlight will burn the leaves while too little light will cause the leaves to lose their variegation.

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OTHER

Satin Pothos plants have pretty heart-shaped leaves with characteristic variegation, making them an appealing decorative plant / talking point to place in your home. Bear in mind that, unfortunately, pothos are toxic to animals, so if you have a particularly curious cat or dog who is known to nibble on your plants, then this may not be the plant for you. Make sure to place it well out of reach.

Satin pothos plants also grow very fast - they can develop long, trailing vines that can potentially become a jungle-like tangle if left unattended! If you want to avoid this, just keep an eye on them and gently shake them out every now and then to separate them.

HOW TO PROPAGATE YOUR SATIN POTHOS

Luckily, Satin pothos can be very easily propagated! All you need to do is take a stem cutting and then place it in water.

Taking a stem cutting:

Take one of the mature vines on your Satin pothos and locate a 'vine juncture', then look for a little brown root node. These tiny roots are very important in propagation, as this is where new roots will later grow from. Make sure at least one node is included in your cutting, and make the actual cut around 2 inches (~5cm) along the stem before the node.

Satin pothos are Aroids, meaning they are part of the 'Araceae' family. Aroids are often well-suited to being propagated in water, so if you prefer not to use potting soil, you can just place your cutting directly into a clear glass container (such as an old jar) filled with water.