Scindapsus Pictus Care Guide

Scindapsus Pictus Plant Care

Scindapsus Pictus are generally great plants to care for, whether you are a beginner or an expert plant parent. They are resilient, and belong to a pretty diverse houseplant family! They can be placed on a high shelf, climb up a pole, or hang from the wall or ceiling. And the best part is, they won’t give you a headache!

As its name implies, “pictus” means painting in Latin, referring to the silver-colored splashes on this plant’s leaves.

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Plant ID:

Scindapsus Pictus (a.k.a. Silver Vine, Satin Pothos, Silver Pothos).

Plant origin:

Native to Asia, this is found in Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Sumatra, Philippines, and Borneo.

Difficulty level:



Can be a fast grower in bright indirect light and great care!


If you do not have amazing amounts of light in your home, this is a great plant to choose from. Although it will love brighter indirect light, this plant is versatile and will also do super well in ambient light settings.

Important tip: do not ever place it under too harsh sunlight as that will quickly burn your Scindapsus foliage!


Your watering schedule for this plant will depend on the type of light you keep it in. For me, having both my plants in north-facing windows, I am currently watering them roughly once a week.

If it was in full sun, I would definitely see the need to do it more often. This could be as much as 2-3 times per week.

Depending on your environment, you will quickly learn what would work well for you. Keep an eye on the soil and when it dries out, water it again.

Although it is very forgiving, for optimal growth, it is best not to wait for too long once the soil feels dry.

On another note, despite the fact that it is easy to maintain, this plant is prompt to root rot when over-watered.

Silver Pothos Care Guide


Being from tropical forests, this type of plant would appreciate humidity. But it will also do fine without it.

I personally have two, being one in the bathroom (where it does get that extra humidity from the shower) and another in my living room (which is the lowest humidity area of the house).

You may find that it will need a bit more frequent waterings to compensate for that but it is not particularly sensitive.

Concerning temperature, make sure it doesn’t drop any lower than 15 degrees celsius. Most houseplants will feel well within the same temperature range that humans enjoy.


To make sure your plant grows to its maximum potential, do fertilize the Silver Pothos every couple of weeks to monthly, depending on the watering schedule you have. When the growing season ends, stop fertilizing until the next Spring.

Soil & Pot:

A regular potting mix would work well for this houseplant. It is important that the water drains through so keep an eye on it. In my experience, adding perlite is never a bad idea.

Repot your houseplant every 1-2 years (depending on how young or mature it is, respectively) at the beginning of the growing season. This will provide it with the room and nutrition it needs to keep growing well and healthy.

When it comes to choosing your pot, keep in mind what type of setting you plan to have it in. Depending on whether it will grow up or hanging, this will definitely influence your decision. But when it comes to the material of the pot, I find that it can grow in any type of pot (always with drainage holes), as long as the care routine is adjusted accordingly.


As most trailing plants, Scindapsus Pictus is quite easy to propagate.

I recently had a sad accident with mine, repotting it into a very acidic soil. And as soon as I noticed the plant declining and the roots burning, I saved a couple of rooted cuttings and moved other unrooted stem cutting into water. This was during summer which, of course, speeds up the process, but just for you to have an idea, those stems were ready to be potted within a couple of weeks.

Scindapsus can also be propagated in soil. That process will take a bit longer than using a water vessel, but at the same time, you won’t risk the plant going into shock by moving it from soil to water.

Pet safe:


Why are my pothos’ leaves becoming smaller?

When the plant is allowed to grow upwards, attaching itself to the wall or a totem, its leaves will grow larger than when you choose to have it as a hanging plant.

Why are my pothos’ growing longer stems without any leaves?

For the same reason as above: these plants like to climb. And they shoot out longer stems in search of a surface they can attach themselves to. To make your Scindapsus fuller on a hanging basket, you can go ahead and cut back those stems, propagate them and place them back into the top of the plant.

Why are my pothos’ leaves less variegated that before?

As with most bicolor houseplants, the lower the light you provide them with, the least contrasting coloration it will have. Although in my experience Scindapsus do not tend to lose their silvery splashes, you can definitely try to boost it back by placing your houseplant closer to a light source.

Why are my pothos’ leaves turning brown?

Too much sun can cause the leaves to burn, in which case they will turn brown first. This would be the most common explanation and you could simply remove the burnt parts and place it further back from the window.

But the browning of the leaves could also be a result of lack of water and humidity. Keep an eye on the soil and start misting the foliage more frequently.

If you are fertilizing your plant, make sure you dilute your fertilizer well in water and do not fertilize the plant when the soil is bone dry. Water it first with clean water and then add your diluted solution. Fertilizing can also cause leaf burn.

Why are my pothos’ leaves curling?

Curling leaves on your Scindapsus Pictus can be a result of underwatering. Keep in mind that you should water your houseplant as soon as the soil is dry and not wait any longer. When you do, make sure you are watering it thoroughly, allowing the water to drip out from the drainage holes.

Now, just to make things a little complicated, a pothos also tends to curl its leaves when it’s overwatered or starting to rot. Therefore, you must be aware of your watering schedule.

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