Basic Satin Pothos Care
Known for their unique silver speckles leaves, the Satin Pothos is the perfect plant for every houseplant parent at they are easy to care for! Below you will find all the information you need to properly care for your Satin Pothos.
Bright Indirect Light
I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.
I don’t like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I’m after.
Please make sure the air isn’t too dry, otherwise I won’t be a happy plant.
I need soil specifically for indoor plants as it retains the right amount of water.
Satin Pothos like bright, indirect light
Make sure you keep your Satin Pothos out of direct sunlight as this can scorch the leaves. They will grow in low light areas of your home, but their leaves will become less variegated, so it is about finding the balance.
They like to be moist, not soggy
An important thing to note when caring for a Satin Pothos is that they do like moisture in the soil, but don’t like it to be sat in it! Make sure the top few inches of the soil are dry before watering again. They are also tolerant of some underwatering, so don’t be too alarmed if you forget about it once in a while.
Medium humidity levels are best for your Satin Pothos
If you find you have quite a dry home, you may want to increase the humidity around your Satin Pothos a little to help prevent dry leaf tips. Check out our guide to humidity for more information. Kitchens or bathrooms with enough light are great as they naturally have slightly higher humidity levels.
Avoid placing your Satin Pothos in cold rooms
Satin Pothos plants do best in rooms with slightly warmer temperatures, but average room temperature will also be fine. The most important thing is to avoid placing your Satin Pothos next to drafty windows or doors as the cold air will cause damage to your plant.
Only fertilise your Satin Pothos in summer
As with many other houseplants, we recommend only fertilising in the growth period of spring and summer. A general houseplant fertiliser at half strength once a month should be plenty!
Satin Pothos are slightly toxic to pets and humans
We would recommend putting your Satin Pothos slightly higher on the shelves as they are mildly toxic to dogs, cats and humans. If ingested it can cause mild mouth and stomach irritation.
Propagate your Satin Pothos by taking a stem cutting
When propagating your Satin Pothos plant, it is important that you take a stem cutting that has a node or two in it as this is where the new roots will form. We recommend placing your cutting in water for several weeks until a small root system has grown. Then plant your cutting in soil and resume general Satin Pothos care.
Satin Pothos FAQs
Quick and simple answers to the most common questions we see about the Satin Pothos .
Is the Satin Pothos a low maintenance plant?
The Satin Pothos isn’t quite as low maintenance as most other Pothos varieties but are still great for beginner plant parents. The main challenge with your Satin Pothos is finding the right spot in your home as they need bright but indirect light and warm temperatures.
How much sunlight does a Satin Pothos need?
It’s important that Satin Pothos plants don’t receive any direct sunlight. This can very quickly scorch and burn the leaves. However, if they are growing in low light areas, they will lose the incredible silver variegation on the leaves. So it’s about finding a balance and a spot with bright but indirect light levels.
How often should I water my Satin Pothos?
Satin Pothos plants like moist but not soggy soil. This means they don’t want their roots to be submerged in waterlogged soil but they also will crisp up if the potting mix is totally dry for extended periods of time. Using a moisture meter is great for these plants as it will help you know exactly when to water.
Is the Satin Pothos plant toxic to pets?
Yes, unfortunately, the Satin Pothos is mildly toxic to pets and humans if ingested so you’ll want to keep this one a little higher up on the shelf.
Is the Satin Pothos a fast-growing houseplant?
During the growth period of spring and summer, you’ll find your Satin Pothos is pretty fast-growing and new leaves will be popping up at the ends of the vines constantly. However, during winter you won’t see much growth as your plant becomes dormant.
Common Problems with your Satin Pothos
Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.
Why does my Satin Pothos have yellow leaves?
If your Satin Pothos has developed yellowing leaves, this can be a sign of two things. Either you have been overwatering it and the soil has become waterlogged, or it requires more sunlight. The best way to know is by checking the moisture levels in the soil.
Why are my Satin Pothos' leaves drooping?
If your Satin Pothos looks quite sad and the leaves are drooping down, it may be because it is being consistently underwatered. Check how dry the potting soil is and increase the frequency of your watering if needed.
Why does my Satin Pothos have brown leaf tips?
Brown leaf tips are a sign that your Satin Pothos is in a room with quite dry air. Check out our guide to increasing humidity for your houseplants for more information on how to change this.