Also known as
Scindapsus pictus 'Argyraeus', Epipremnum Pictum Argyraeus
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10 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Satin Pothos Overview
Scindapsus pictus is also known by the names Satin Pothos, or Scindapsus pictus 'Argyraeus'. It is a slow-growing evergreen twiner from the Araceae family that can reach well over 1m in height. This cultivar produces attractive dark green, ovate leaves spotted with silver on the upper surface and is grown for its foliage rather than flowers, which are rarely seen in cultivation. In the wild, Scindapsus pictus spreads across surfaces, growing in a shingle-like manner. Popular as a houseplant, keep it out of cold draughts and be careful about overwatering. The soil should be well-draining, kept moist but not soggy and watered less frequently in winter. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly when in growth. It should be positioned in a sunny location (with some shade from very hot sun) - perhaps on a south- or west-facing windowsill - but it will cope with some shade which will intensify the dark green leaf colour. Too much shade however, will reduce the variegation. Mist regularly, clean dust from leaves with a damp cloth and provide a moss pole - or similar - for the aerial roots to cling to. Alternatively, plant in hanging baskets from where it will trail beautifully. Tip pruning in spring will promote branching. The common name Satin Pothos references this plant's old classification in the Epipremnum genus. It has since been moved to the genus Scindapsus but the common name has stuck. Scindapsus pictus has earned a coveted 'RHS Award of Garden Merit'.
Common problems with Satin Pothos
Generally free of pests and diseases.
How to propagate Satin Pothos
Take segments of the stem