Scindapsus Pictus (skin-DAP-sus, PIK-tus), also called Scindapsus Pictus Argyraeus, 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.
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 ‘Exotica’ with a few common names, which are as follows:
- Satin Pothos
- Silk Pothos
- Silver Pothos
- Silver Philodendron
Other members of the Araceae family include:
Scindapsus Pictus Plant 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 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 have striking silvery grey splotches on them, which gives the plant a shiny appeal.
Flowering and Fragrance
Flowers are an insignificant feature of satin pathos.
However, the hybrid 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
Silver 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 it in a spot where the lush silk pothos easily gets low light.
The flowering plant 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 the 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 Argyraeus is not fussy about 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
Plant care is crucial to ensure the longevity of silk pathos.
An important care tip to remember is to never have soggy soil.
Wet soil is often the result of overwatering so always offer only a required amount of water to the pathos.
In winter, bring the plant indoors and offer ideal room temperatures for the desired growth.
The plant also benefits from sporadic pruning 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.
However, the plant is prone to root rot if overwatered.
The plant is occasionally attacked by scales or spider mites.
Is The Plant 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 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
Silver pothos is a trailing vine used for decorating walls, hanging baskets, and hardscape.
Owing to its large, oval leaves, the valuable plant acts as a vivarium where dart frogs prefer laying their eggs.