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About Satin Pothos
Contrary to what the name implies, these gorgeous, trailing vines are not pothos. They belong to a completely different genus, Scindapsus. They're grown for their thick, sparkly leaves and grow far slower than true pothos.
Also known as
Silver Pothos, Silver Vine, Silk Pothos and Silver Satin Pothos
How to care for Satin Pothos
How often to water your Satin Pothos
Satin Pothos needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Satin Pothos in your home
Satin Pothos may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.
Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
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How to fertilize Satin Pothos
Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Satin Pothos after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Satin Pothos is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!
Satin Pothos prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Satin Pothos may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Satin Pothos is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.
Satin Pothos doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.
Satin Pothos does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
Satin Pothos grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
Satin Pothos is native to Southeast Asia to Oceania.
Satin Pothos produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.
Satin Pothos is a naturally climbing plant and can be trained to climb indoors if you provide a moss pole or trellis. The newest growth will emerge from the end of the stems.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Satin Pothos can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 11a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Satin Pothos can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:
- Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
- To get the cutting to root, you can either:
- Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
- Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.
Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.
Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Satin Pothos, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.
Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!
Care Summary for Satin Pothos
0.5 cups every 9 days
< 3ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.
What other plant parents say
Satin Pothos is not truly a Pothos, but is easy to care for and seems to have all the pros that Pothos have. Bonnie had three leaves when I bought her less than a month ago; now there are six and a new one is sprouting. She’s not a glamour queen - just adorably cute.
This plant is constantly putting out new growth and loves to climb. The leaves do curl when it wants more moisture but overall it’s very easy to care for. I keep mine in about ~80% humidity 5” away from grow lights and it’s been doing very well. I also added a layer about an inch deep of spagnum moss on top of the soil to help with higher moisture
So, first of all, this isn’t technically a pothos - though it has similar care to pothos. The main reason this difference matters in my opinion is that the silver satin is a little harder to propagate. Not exactly difficult but I’ve had slightly less success than I do with regular pothos.
Some of my leaves are browning quite a bit but I’m sure that my environment isn’t humid enough. I have a pebble tray that I keep water in for it but I think I’ll end up getting a humidifier. Other than that, this plant seems to be getting decent light near an east facing window.
Still learning about the Satin Pothos. We got this from our local nursery. The leaves alternate between flat and curly. We may repot and pin it. Otherwise it’s produced 2 leaves and we’re seeing new growth still. Hopefully a little tlc this winter we’ll see more growth and a happy plant.