It's Not a Pothos: Meet the Scindapsus pictus

You’ve probably seen this pretty vining plant with glittery, silvery variegation on its leaves. It’s usually sold as a “satin,” “silver,” or “silk” Pothos or Philodendron. Surprise, though! It’s neither. From the Arum family (Araceae), meet Scindapsus pictus.

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In its natural habitat (in Southeast Asia) the S. pictus would be found climbing up trees, or vining along the ground. You can grow it in a hanging basket, or train it to climb a moss pole or totem.

It tolerates household temperatures from 65 - 85F (or about 18 - 29C). Don’t let the temperature dip below 60F (about 15C), or you risk damaging the leaves. Keep S. pictus out of cold drafts! Like all tropical plants that we keep in our homes, S. pictus will appreciate it if you boost the humidity - especially if you live in a colder climate with the heat on in winter.

S. pictus will enjoy a spot with bright indirect light, but likes to be kept out of direct sun. It will tolerate lower levels of light, but you’ll risk losing some of the pretty variegation on its leaves. Mine is content in a large, north-eastern exposure window.

A well-draining soil mix will make this plant happy. Water thoroughly and allow the plant to dry out a little — S. pictus doesn’t want to be kept soggy. If you start to see yellowing leaves, reassess your watering habits, because that can be a sign of an over-watered and unhappy plant.

Like Pothos and Philodendron, S. pictus doesn’t mind being pruned and can be easily propagated through cuttings — start a whole new plant, or just stick them back in the pot to create a fuller-looking plant.

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