How to Grow a Satin Pothos Plant-Silver Philodendron

Hi, this was a gift from a teacher; I would like to keep it in my room. But I don’t know what kind of plant it is or it’s name. Although I was given instructions on how to take care of it, I would like to know how to properly care for it. Never had a home plant.Seems to have a vine like body. But it’s currently in a small pot. I was told to give it little light; half a cup of water each week. Parts of the leaves shimmer when light is flashed on. Seems like it’s glitter like, but overall a semi dark green color.

Hi Ashley,

Your plant is called a Satin Pothos.

Learn to identify and care for a Satin Pothos, Pothos Siver Splash
Satin Pothos
Pothos Silver Splash

Here are some care tips for this beautiful plant:

Light: Satin Pothos looks better and grow faster in medium to bright indirect light. In low light, the silver variation in the leaves turns green. Direct sun burns the leaves.

Water: Keep the soil on the dry side. During spring and summer, water well then allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering again. During fall and winter, allow the soil to practically dry out before watering. Yellow leaves indicate overwatering.

Fertilizer: Feed monthly during the spring and fall with a plant food high in nitrogen diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength.

Temperature: 65°-85°F (18.3°-29.4°C)  The plant leaves may be damaged in temperatures below 65°F (18.3°C).

Humidity: These plants prefer high humidity, but still do well in basic household humidity.

Pests: Mealy Bugs can be a problem. Read more about mealy bugs and how to treat them in the Glossary of the website.

Diseases: Bacterial Leaf Spot disease causes spots with yellow halos on the leaves. Keep leaves dry and provide good air circulation around your plants to prevent plant diseases.

Soil: Use a well aerated, quick draining potting soil. If the soil is heavy and doesn’t drain well, add some sand to the mix.

These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from small children and pets. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.