How to Care for a Pothos Silver Splash

I recently acquired a beautiful little plant called a Philodendron silver “something”. It has heart shaped velvety leaves with silver splotches. I was browsing your wonderful site and could not find any information on this plant. Could you please give me some care information on this plant?

Hi Cindy,

Silver, velvety, heart-shaped Pothos Silver Splash

Pothos Silver Splash
Satin Pothos

Your plant is called a Pothos Silver Splash (Scindapsus pictus). Another name for this plant is Satin Pothos. Please remember that this is a poisonousPlants are a great addition to homes and offices, but it’s important to know whether your plants are dangerous to children, pets, or even adults. Some plants contain chemicals such as oxalates, solanine, glycosides, or alkaloid lycorine that may cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, swelling and redness of the mouth, throat, and lips, and trouble breathing. Touching parts of certain plants, especially the sap, may cause various skin irritations. The weight and age of the human or pet involved, and the part and amount of plant eaten determine how severe the reaction to the toxins will be. Although plants may be listed as non-toxic, they can still cause individual allergic reactions. If there is any question after a houseplant has been ingested or touched immediately call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222 The Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants [Paperback]is an excellent reference to keep around if you have young children and pets. houseplant. Plant care for the Pothos Silver Splash is very similar to the plant care for a regular Pothos houseplant except if you keep it in bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. you’ll get the best silver variation in the leaves. You can read my plant care tips for a Pothos Plant in the Popular HousePlant section of the website.

Keep your Silver Splash out of cold drafts and be careful not to over-water. This is a great plant!