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How to Take Care of Pothos Satin
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How to Take Care of Pothos Satin

The Pothos Satin (Scindapsus pictus), with its silvery dots and splashes against its dark green foliage, is sure to draw attention wherever it is placed in your home. Satin Pothos is a hardy and low-maintenance plant when properly cared for. Let’s begin with a quick rundown of satin pothos care requirements.

Satin Pothos Care: Grow your Satin Pothos in rich, well-drained soil, fertilize monthly, and water when the top 2-3 inches of soil becomes dry. Provide above-average humidity and bright indirect light, with temperatures ranging from 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 29 degrees Celsius).

Whether this is your first time growing Satin Pothos or you’ve been growing the more common varieties for years, keep reading because we’ve taken the guesswork out of caring for this tropical beauty.

How Big are Pothos Satins

Satin Pothos, an evergreen climber, can reach a height of 10 feet when grown outdoors in frost-free climates, but it usually only reaches a height of 3 feet when grown indoors.

The juvenile leaves are heart-shaped and become pinnately lobed as the plant matures. Although the plant rarely flowers when grown indoors, in the summer, insignificant flower spathes appear, followed by small berries.

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Watering your Pothos Satin

When it comes to the appropriate amount of water to offer your Satin Pothos, it’s more forgiving if you forget to water it than if you overwater it, which can lead to dysfunctional growth and plant death.

It is best to let the top few inches of soil dry before watering. Check the potting mix with your finger, and if the top few inches of soil feel dry and brittle, apply water until it drains from the bottom drain holes. Another sign that your plant needs to be watered is if the foliage begins to curl.

The best type of water to use is room temperature water left out overnight. Rainwater can also be used to water the Satin Pothos.

Humidity Levels for your Pothos Satin

Satin Pothos flourishes in the hot and muggy tropical climates of its origin, so it must be replicated in order to produce healthy growth indoors. Maintaining humidity levels above 40% can provide the best growing conditions for your satin pothos.

Grooming your Pothos Satin

To begin, you must decide how far back you want to prune your pothos. If necessary, you can prune it back to about 2 inches (5 cm) from the soil line. Alternatively, you can leave the vines much longer and prune them less.

It all depends on how much time you want to take off. Whatever the case may be, pruning this plant will only benefit it. You may be satisfied with a lighter pruning, but if your plant has lost a significant number of leaves and you want to re-energize it, a more drastic pruning may be required. A more aggressive pruning will encourage new growth at the plant’s base, resulting in a bushier plant in the end. The method of pruning is the same regardless of the extent of the pruning.

Lighting for your Pothos Satin

It is best to keep your Satin Pothos growing healthy by placing it in an indoor location that receives bright indirect light. It will not tolerate direct sunlight because the foliage will burn, fade, and wilt.

If you place it in a room that receives direct sunlight, make sure there is a curtain to block some of the rays or that it is not directly in front of a window.

On the contrary, you don’t want to put it somewhere that doesn’t get enough light because the plant won’t grow properly. While satin pothos is relatively light tolerant, the foliage will begin to lose some of its characterizing silver-white markings.

Soiling your Pothos Satin

Satin Pothos thrives in a rich soil mixture with good drainage. The plant will not thrive in heavy soils that retain water and remain soggy for an extended period of time. In fact, you can lose your Satin Pothos if the conditions are too wet due to root rot issues.

Any good houseplant soil will suffice for your Satin Pothos, but you can make your own by combining equal parts peat, potting soil, and perlite. If you notice your potting mix draining slowly, consider aerating it or adding more perlite or peat to improve aeration and drainage.

Potting your Pothos Satin

Fertilize your Satin Pothos monthly during the growing season, from spring to summer, to ensure healthy growth. You’ll need to fertilize less during the winter and ramp it up in the spring. You have a number of fertilizer options to choose from.

  • During active growth, use a water-soluble houseplant blend diluted to half strength and applied monthly. 
  • Spread slow-release granules evenly over the soil according to the package directions. Slow-release fertilizers typically work for up to three months, slowly breaking down in the soil with each watering.

Fertilizing your Pothos Satin

Fertilize your Satin Pothos monthly during the growing season, from spring to summer, to ensure healthy growth. Fertilize more often in the spring. You have a number of fertilizer options to choose from.

  • During active growth, use a water-soluble houseplant blend diluted to half strength and applied monthly. 
  • Spread slow-release granules evenly over the soil according to the package directions. Slow-release fertilizers typically work for up to three months, slowly breaking down in the soil with each watering.

Many potting mixes contain slow-release fertilizer, so you may not need to apply any additional fertilizer for several months. However, if the Satin Pothos begins to lose some of its colors and is grown in preferred light conditions, fertilize with a half-strength water-soluble houseplant blend.

Salts from fertilizer can accumulate in the soil over time, resulting in browning, and burned foliage on your Satin Pothos. It is a good idea to flush the soil with water every three to four months to remove salts from the soil.

Common problems with Pothos Satins

Overwatering

Pothos plants are tropical in nature and must be watered on a regular basis. To avoid overwatering, the soil should be well-draining. You can keep the soil moist, but it should not be soggy. If these plants are overwatered, they can develop root rot.

The ‘soak and dry’ method is best for watering Pothos plants. Allow your plant’s topsoil to dry between waterings. Test the soil with your finger, and if it feels dry, water your plant thoroughly. During the growing season, pothos plants should be watered on a regular basis. Watering can be reduced during the colder months.

Discoloration

Satin pothos issues usually manifest themselves in the leaves. Dry air causes brown leaf tips. Yellow-colored leaves are a sign you’re overwatering.

Bacterial leaf spot is identified by brown spots surrounded by yellow halos. Remove the affected leaves. When watering, make sure not to wet the leaves.

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FAQ

How Often does Pothos Satin need Watering

Give the water every 1-2 weeks. Water the plant more frequently when the pot is in bright light and less frequently when light conditions are lower.

How Big Should Pothos Satin Pots be

The root ball is what decides the eventual size of the pot. Pothos is rarely replanted and can flourish in a smaller pot, which also ensures the plant won’t grow too large. The new pot should not be larger than the old pot or rootball by more than 2 inches.
A pot depth of 10 inches or so will give the plant plenty of room to grow. Only transfer the pothos to a larger pot if the roots start to clog the drainage holes or the plant begins to lift from the soil. Repotting should be done during the spring when nature is actively growing.

Is a Pothos Satin Indoor or Outdoor

Pothos Satin can be grown inside or outside, but they do best indoors.

How to Make Pothos Satin Grow Faster

Silver satin pothos plants are tropical houseplants that thrive in medium to high humidity. For the fastest growth, aim for humidity levels of at least 40%. To maintain proper humidity levels for Scindapsus pictus plants, mist the leaves daily, place them on a pebble tray, or use a room humidifier.

Is Pothos Satin Safe for Pets

Biting into a satin pothos usually causes excruciating pain due to the crystals embedding into the skin, but the most dangerous side effects are caused by inflammation. If your pet has consumed a portion of a Satin pothos plant, you must immediately take your pet to a veterinary clinic or hospital if you are unable to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.

Satin pothos poisoning in dogs is a moderate to severe condition that can occur after your dog consumes the leaves or stem of a satin pothos plant.

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