Scindapsus pictus is a slow growing, tropical plant native to Southeast Asia and is commonly known as Satin Pothos or Silk Pothos, despite being an unrelated species. Scindapsus pictus is part of the Aurum family and is a vining plant that will slowly climb up trellises or trail as a hanging basket. Typically cultivated in its juvenile phase, Scindapsus have oval leaves with heart shaped bases that grow into pinnately lobed leaves once mature. Its velvet textured, matte green leaves are decorated with silver spots in unique patterns.
Care For Your Silver Philo
The Scindapsus enjoys bright, indirect light but can do well in most areas as long as there is light coming in. Proper light allows it to maintain its beautiful variegation as well as avoid scorched leaves from the burning sun.
Enjoys deep waterings allowing the soil to drain and slightly dry. Scindapsus are forgiving to under watering but are less tolerant to over watering. Yellow leaves are a sign of overwatering.
Similar to humans, plants like the Scindapsus prefer temperatures of 65⁰ to 85⁰.
A very light feeder, apply a balanced houseplant fertilizer at half strength once every 1 - 3 months.
- Not A Philo, Not A Pothos: Although it’s nicknamed Silver Philo, Scindapasus pictus is neither a Philodendron or Pothos, both belonging to different genus.
- Silver Sheen: A silver shimmer is seen when light bounces off of the top of the leaves by a reflective variegation produced by air pockets between the outer and inner layers of the leaf.
- Trailing or Climbing Vines: In its natural habitat the Scindapsus can be found climbing on trees in a non-parasitical way, or vining along the forest floor.