Silver Pothos Care Tips & Tricks

The Silver Satin Pothos is a favorite indoor plant among plant lovers. It’s known for its tear- or heart-shaped leaves and has colorful and satin-like foliage.

Silver Satin Pothos has an incredibly soft texture and vining nature that adds an aesthetic appeal for any type of decor. It can only grow to be 4 to 8 feet long while indoors, making it a fun but manageable addition to any living space.

For those thinking of buying this plant, it’s important to follow the care instructions to ensure it leads a long, healthy life. Before diving into some of the details about taking care of this plant, here are some fast facts and background about the plant.

Background/History

Paisley Plants is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program. This post may include affiliate links which means I may earn a small commission if you shop using the links below at no additional cost to you. 

The Silver Satin Pothos, also known as Satin Pothos, is native to the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia. It’s a hybrid cultivar, bred over time to produce beautiful and stunning leaves and vines. It’s well known for being low maintenance and having attractive silver and green hues on its leaves.

When grown outdoors, this plant can grow up to 3 meters, or 10 feet long, with vines. There are many different species of Satin Pothos, and it’s often mistaken for the Philodendron Silver. While they both have trailing vines and heart-shaped leaves, there are some slight differences between the species.

Here are some tips to take care of your Silver Satin Pothos correctly and to make sure it grows long, healthy, and vibrant for many years to come.

Watering

As a plant that comes from the rainforest, this plant loves moisture, but it doesn’t want soggy soil. To make sure it doesn’t get overwatered, check to make sure that the soil is actually dry. If the soil is dry 1 or 2 inches at the top, then it’s time to water it again.

If you water it too much, the roots potentially can shrivel up and eventually die. The leaves can shrink as well. On the other hand, you might notice the leaves shrinking if you forget to water for too long. If the soil is dry and the leaves are shrinking, take it as a sign that it’s well past time for watering!

If you find yourself with excess water in the plant, drain out the extra liquid over a sink. This will make sure the plant is able to properly drain and grow.

Find my favorite watering cans here!

Light

When indoors, the Silver Satin Pothos needs partial shade. With brighter moderate and direct light, the plant can grow leaves as large as your hand. You also need to make sure that your room can give the plant the space it needs to vine upward if it chooses to.

Image via Fern Plant Shop

These plants will often vine upward. Place a trellis in the pot for the stems to climb or use another structure for this vine to be guided by. Some people prefer to have this vine along a wall or even down a piece of furniture, which creates a unique aesthetic in your space.

Adding too much light to this plant will often eliminate its vibrancy, making it difficult for this plant to grow and sustain itself. Be careful of the sun that your plant is getting and prevent it from having more than partial sun during the day. If the leaves are looking scorched, it might be getting too much light. If they are less variegated than expected, it might not be getting enough light.

Humidity

Coming from a rainforest, this plant craves both moisture and heat. Proper humidity is crucial to keep the plant from drying out or turning brown. If it dries out or browns, the leaves will likely not be able to recover. To add more humidity to your plant, try one of these methods.

Image via Three Sisters Plants

You can either mist your plant every day to make sure the leaves are properly moist, or you can fill a tray with pebbles and water at the bottom. Place it underneath the pot, and make sure that your plant absorbs some of the water, but not all of it.

You can also use a room humidifier or keep the plant within a well-lit bathroom or kitchen where the humidity is higher. This is a good way to get humidity for your plant, without putting too much effort into the process. There are simple ways to create a humid environment. It just depends on what you prefer to do in your home.

Temperature

Silver Satin Pothos is a warm-weather plant. Keeping it around 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit will help with growth. This constant average room temperature will mimic its native environment, helping the plant grow and thrive.

Avoid sudden changes in temperatures. Big jumps or drops can shock the plant and often lead to serious problems. Keep the plant out of cold drafts and inside during the winter if you live in a cold region.

Soil

Because this plant loves moisture, you need to have a well-draining soil mix. This is important to make sure that your plant has the nutrients it needs, and that it’s able to sustain itself. The soil should always be a little bit moist, but not soggy.

Image via Fern Plant Shop

Using the right soil for your plant will keep it healthy, and it will also help avoid any sort of disease or pests. A potting mix that is too absorbent will kill the plant, but on the other hand, a plant mix that doesn’t retain any water will also be detrimental. Finding the balance will be important to your Silver Satin Pothos’ health in the long run.

Fertilizer

There is no special requirement for what fertilizer to buy for your Silver Satin Pothos. Any common houseplant fertilizer found in a grocery store or gardening store should do the trick. The best recommendation is to use granular and to apply monthly fertilization.

The purpose of fertilizing every month is to make sure your plant gets the nutrients it needs. This will help during the spring and summer months. Applying fertilizer will promote the growth of your plant. You’ll also see new growth from the roots that will help you propagate this plant in the future.

Toxicity

This plant is mildly toxic when ingested by humans, cats, or dogs. As with other plants from rainforests, the plant can contain calcium oxalates, which irritate the mouth, skin, and throat.

If a human or animal ingests this, their airways might tighten, making them feel unable to breathe, or they might feel sick. Contact poison control, your doctor, or your veterinarian to remedy the situation.

Pests and Diseases

This plant is often at risk of pests and diseases due to overwatering. Too much water can lead to root rot. A sign of root rot is damage to the stems, which turn brown. Overwatering will also produce soft or black spots on the leaves.

If your plant holds too much water, it may be at risk of fungal leaf growth, which is dangerous to its health. If this happens, trim away what’s infected and don’t overwater again. There are only so many times you can do this, however, so be sure to take special care of your Silver Satin Pothos! The only way to revive a plant after this is to put it in new potting soil.

Pests are also a common problem. The two most common issues are scale and spider mites. It’s easy to tell when these arrive, and you must handle them quickly to take care of the plant. If you wait, they can easily infect and kill the plant. Look for little dots or bumps on your plant’s leaves, tiny webs, or sooty mold.

Let us know if you have any other tips or tricks for taking care of your plant. If you have a Silver Satin Pothos, share what your plant looks like!

If you love pothos, you may want to try to collect a ton of different types of pothos! This post is full of some of the most beautiful types of pothos.

Leave a Comment