How to Grow and Care for Scindapsus Pictus (Satin Pothos)

Written by Ivy

Jan 13 2023

How to Grow and Care for Scindapsus Pictus (Satin Pothos)
Scindapsus Pictus (Satin Pothos) is an evergreen plant of Araceae. Scindapsus Pictus is a flower and leaf variety of green rose. It is also a popular foliage plant in recent years. Scindapsus Pictus has beautiful and generous plant type, beautiful stems and leaves, and has a certain tendril. The long round heart-shaped fleshy leaves are green and smooth, and the leaf surface is covered with silver white spots or stripes. The leaf color is elegant and elegant. It is lush and vibrant all year round, which is of great ornamental value.

Scindapsus Pictus Quick Info

Botanical/Scientific Name Scindapsus Pictus
Common Name Satin Pothos
Uses Widely appreciated houseplant
Origin Malesia, Thailand, and Bangladesh
Light Care Bright, indirect light year-round
Soil Care Potting soil that drains well
Temperature Care Between 65-85°F
Humidity Care Normal room humidity is adequate
Watering Water every 1-2 weeks
Pruning Care Benefit from occasional pruning
Fertilizer Care Fertilizing monthly
Propagation Through rooting stem cuttings in water
Toxic Toxic for dogs, cats and humans
Flower Color Cream/Off-White, White

When to Plant Scindapsus Pictus

Scindapsus Pictus is best planted in June. Scindapsus Pictus likes to be wet. It is appropriate to keep the basin soil moist during the growing season. Do not dry the basin soil, otherwise it is easy to cause yellow leaves and poor plant shape. If too much watering causes ponding in the basin soil, it is easy to cause rotten roots and dead leaves, especially when the room temperature is low in winter. While fully watering in summer, we should also pay attention to often spraying water on the leaf surface of Scindapsus Pictus. If the climate is dry in winter, it is also necessary to spray the leaves with warm water every 4 ~ 5 days to wash the dust on the leaf surface, so as to keep the leaves bright and green.

Scindapsus Pictus Care in Detail

How to Grow and Care for Scindapsus Pictus (Satin Pothos)

Scindapsus Pictus Watering

Scindapsus Pictus likes the growth environment with certain humidity, but he is also afraid of water logging. In winter, due to the low temperature and slow water evaporation, the plant's demand for water is also greatly reduced. Therefore, in order to maintain it this season, we should appropriately reduce watering. Watering can follow the principle of seeing dry and seeing wet. We usually see that the surface of the basin soil becomes dry, and then water it in time, so as to keep the basin soil in a slightly wet and dry state as far as possible.

The watering amount of Scindapsus Pictus in autumn and winter shall be strictly controlled according to room temperature. Before heating, the temperature is low and the soil evaporation of plants is slow. To reduce watering, the water volume should be controlled between 1 / 4-1 / 2 of the original. Even after heating, Scindapsus Pictus shall not be watered too often. The watering shall be less poured into the basin, and the water shall be infiltrated by brown wire. In addition, spray water to the air rooting growth place of the brown column to reduce the insufficient water absorption of the root caused by too fast evaporation. The water poured in winter is better than the water dried for one day. If the water is too cold, it is easy to damage the root. During water culture of Scindapsus Pictus, the amount of water shall not be too much, just submerge the roots, and the stems and leaves are easy to rot when the amount of water is too much.
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Scindapsus Pictus Soil

When preparing Scindapsus Pictus soil, we need to investigate the quality and acidity of the soil, because it prefers loose, breathable and fertile weak acid soil. If there is heating in the home, we should try to keep Scindapsus Pictus potted plants away from the radiator, or place the silver spotted Pueraria on the furniture to isolate the geothermal heat. Otherwise, if the potted plants are directly exposed to the heat source, the soil inside will keep heating up, which will affect the flower roots in the soil and cause unnecessary casualties.

Scindapsus Pictus Light

Scindapsus Pictus is a foliage plant, which likes to scatter light, but is afraid of excessive exposure. It should be shaded and maintained at noon and afternoon in summer, otherwise the leaves are easy to be sunburned. We can keep Scindapsus Pictus under the light and keep the light bright, so as to maintain the original growth state, but a little scattered light will grow better.

Scindapsus Pictus Temperature

Scindapsus Pictus, like green rose, likes warm and humid climate and is afraid of cold. If the temperature is lower than 10 degrees for a long time, the growth will be blocked and the leaves are prone to curl and yellowing; If the temperature is lower than 5 degrees for a long time, it is prone to cold damage, and if it is serious, it will frostbite and freeze to death. Therefore, when maintaining Scindapsus Pictus in winter, we must do a good job in cold prevention and warmth preservation, and the room temperature should be kept above 15 ~ 18 degrees.

Scindapsus Pictus Humidity

Scindapsus Pictus is a shade resistant green plant. It likes to grow in a humid environment. It is suitable for protection in bedrooms, study, toilets and other places. It can also be hung on the wall for maintenance. During maintenance, direct light should be avoided. The leaves of Scindapsus Pictus are thick. When watering, you can touch the leaves to judge whether watering is necessary. If the leaves are wilting and depressed, We can pour some water into the flowerpot and shine immediately!

Scindapsus Pictus Fertilizer

In autumn and winter, Scindapsus Pictus may grow slowly or even stop growing, so fertilization should be reduced. Before winter, we can mainly spray liquid inorganic fertilizer once every 15 days. After winter, fertilization is mainly sprayed on the leaf surface, mainly through the pores on the leaf surface, and the fertilizer is absorbed through the pores on the leaf surface, and the fertilizer effect can directly act on the leaf surface. Special fertilizer shall be used for leaf fertilizer of Scindapsus Pictus, and ordinary inorganic fertilizer is not easy to be absorbed by leaf.

Scindapsus Pictus Pruning

During daily management, we also need to pay attention to the growth of Scindapsus Pictus branches and leaves as much as possible. If the root tip of the leaves is yellowing, we should trim these diseased leaves in time to avoid spreading to other healthy branches and leaves and causing unnecessary secondary infection.

We also need to timely water and topdressing Scindapsus Pictus after pruning. It is often necessary to add a little nutrient solution to the flower water, mix it evenly, and then put it into the watering pot to evenly wet the soil surface, so as to give consideration to the supply of water and nutrients at the same time. Moreover, it can indirectly avoid the phenomenon of ponding, composting and root burning, which is beneficial to the vigorous growth of Scindapsus Pictus.

Scindapsus Pictus pruning is conducted in spring. When the stem vine is covered with the palm column and the tip is about 20cm beyond the palm column, cut off the stem tip of 2-3 plants by 40cm. When new buds and leaves sprout after short cutting, cut off the stems and shoots of other plants. For pot plants whose whole plant or lower part is defoliated due to freezing in winter or other reasons, half of the stems and vines of the plant can be cut short by 1 / 2 and the other half by 2 / 3 or 3 / 4, so as to stagger the height of the shear, so that the new leaves of Scindapsus Pictus growing rice under the shear can be quickly covered with brown columns.

Scindapsus Pictus Repotting

Usually, it is changed once a year or every other year for Scindapsus Pictus repotting. The best time for changing pots is when Scindapsus Pictus dormancy ends and new buds sprout.
If we want to repot Scindapsus Pictus with a flower pot of appropriate size. When changing pots, flowerpots should be selected according to the size of Scindapsus Pictus root mass. The diameter of flowerpots is 3 ~ 6cm larger than that of Scindapsus Pictus. The flower pot can also be selected according to the leaf crown of Scindapsus Pictus. It is more suitable that the crown diameter of Scindapsus Pictus is 20 ~ 40 cm larger than the flower pot diameter. It is not suitable to change too large flowerpots. Although a large pot can give it more room for growth, it is not easy to master the amount of water and fertilizer it needs, which will affect its growth.
In consideration of cost performance and air permeability, shindapsus Pictus repotting is the best. It likes a humid living environment and has little requirements for the drainage of flower pots. It advocates the use of flower pots made of environmentally friendly materials to reduce energy consumption. Do not use black flowerpots.
If a new basin is used, we should soak it in clean water for one day and night before planting Scindapsus Pictus, brush and dry it before using it. If the replaced basin is an old basin, it shall be exposed to the sun for sterilization. Before reuse, the inside and outside of the old basin shall be brushed clean to remove possible insect eggs. If necessary, it shall also be sprayed with disinfectant.

Scindapsus Pictus Pest & Disease Control

Anthrax: small reddish brown spots appear on the leaves of sick Scindapsus Pictus. It will expand after a period of time, and the lesion will grow oval and turn black brown. After onset, it can be sprayed with mancozeb, carbendazim and other drugs.
Leaf spot disease will cause many irregular gray brown patches on the diseased pothos leaves, which will gradually spread to the roots and stems, and in serious cases, it will also lead to plant death. We can treat this Scindapsus Pictus disease by spraying 95% of the 500 fold solution of daisenammonium.
How to Grow and Care for Scindapsus Pictus (Satin Pothos)

Scindapsus Pictus Propagation

Scindapsus Pictus Propagation from Cutting

Scindapsus Pictus cutting propagation is best in spring. If the temperature is great, cutting can be carried out all year round. Scindapsus Pictus can take root in water, cut off a branch with air root, fill water in the hydroponic container, put the branches into the hydroponic container, and change water regularly to promote rooting. Scindapsus Pictus can also take root in soil, cut semi lignified branches, mix the matrix with clean river sand and vermiculite, insert the cuttings into the matrix and put them in a cool and ventilated place for maintenance.
Before Scindapsus Pictus propagation by cuttings, we need to prepare the tools we need, including a Scindapsus Pictus1 pot with semi lignified branches, a pair of scissors, a flower pot and nutritious soil: because Scindapsus Pictus likes loose, breathable and well drained soil, we use vermiculite or soil mixed with sandy soil and perlite.
We can use scissors to cut a branch on the semi lignified Scindapsus Pictus, with a length of about 1 cm. Similarly, it is the same as the hydroponic method, and it is best to have air rooting on each cuttings.
Remove the bottom leaf from the cut paper so that it is easy to cut into the soil. In order to improve the survival rate, we can cut off half of the upper leaves, so as to reduce water evaporation and promote survival.
If conditions permit, we can use rooting powder to deal with Scindapsus Pictus branches first. Of course, it's OK not to use it. Just insert the branches into the prepared soil with a depth of about half of the branches. Water them through and put them in a cool and ventilated place.
Scindapsus Pictus after cutting needs to have high humidity and don't expose to the sun. If the air is too dry, you can cover the flowerpot with film. Scindapsus Pictus will take root in about 20 days, then you can remove the film and maintain it normally in half a month.

Scindapsus Pictus Propagation in Water

Scindapsus Pictus propagation in water first, we need to prepare the tools we need, Scindapsus Pictus woody, container and scissors.
We should note here that the branches of Scindapsus Pictus propagation in water are conditional. We need to select the branches and stems with air roots, because it is easy to cultivate successfully. The rhizome part should not have leaves and redundant old roots, only the most robust roots.
Although we cut off the branches, the branches may be different in length. At this time, we need to cut the branches short, not too short, 7-10CM. In addition, in order to better absorb and grow, it is best to cut the cut surface into an oblique shape.
Then we can insert the root of Scindapsus Pictus branch into the water, but we need to be careful in the process of inserting. Remember not to hurt the root. After inserted, put it in a cool and ventilated place indoors. After 1-2 months of growth, it will be found that the original air root has grown into a more developed root system.
We need to pay attention to changing water when we insert the selected Scindapsus Pictus branches and stems into the container. At the beginning, the water needs to be changed frequently. It is best to change the water once every 3 days, but the water should not be overheated and supercooled. It is good to be at room temperature. Then wait until after rooting, you don't need to be so troublesome. Just change the water once every 10 days.

Scindapsus Pictus Benefits

Scindapsus Pictus is a flower plant with the same attribute as green rose. Its growth habit and leaf shape are similar to devil's Ivy, but different from devil's Ivy is that the leaves of Scindapsus Pictus are covered with silver white stripes, which looks more beautiful. Silver Scindapsus Pictus is easy to raise and likes to grow in a cool and humid environment, so it is very suitable for places such as north room, North terrace and toilet with poor daylighting at home, which can make the indoor air more fresh and reduce the possibility of bacterial reproduction. In a humid environment, you can wait until the soil of Scindapsus Pictus is dry and then pour it thoroughly.

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