Satin Pothos Plant Care Guide

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
Satin Pothos or Silver Leaf Pothos


Satin Pothos plant care is very similar to the plant care for a regular pothos plant. Your plant is also called Silver Pothos or Philodendron Silver Leaf. The scientific name is Scindapsus pictus.

Keeping a Satin Pothos plant 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. will get the best silver variation in the leaves. Water well and then allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering again. Over-watering is the main reason a pothos plant dies. Bright yellow leaves indicate that the soil has gotten too dry before you watered it. New growth and older leaves turn pale yellow and may get black spots on the leaves when a pothos is over- watered. 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.  More poisonous houseplant information and pictures of common plants that are dangerous to children and pets can be found in my book Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants plant, please keep it away from small children and pets. You can read all my Satin Pothos plant care tips in the Popular HousePlant section of the website.