Silver Satin Pothos
Silver Satin Pothos has intriguing silver and green tear shaped foliage with a tendency to trail and cascade. For that reason, Pothos does well in hanging baskets or plant stands where the foliage can vine freely, covering space other plants can’t. The other name for Pothos is Devil’s Ivy because it is so difficult to kill, and that’s exactly what makes it a great houseplant for beginners. Pothos is on NASA’s Clean Air List because it removes formaldehyde, xylene, and benzene from the air. This plant does best in fluorescent to bright, indirect light and likes to stay slightly moist but accepts a missed watering here or there. Pothos are incredibly easy to take care of, and there are several different color varieties, including Jade, Marble Queen, and Neon.
Growing Zone: 9-11
Mature Height: 6″ – 8″
Mature Width: 18″+
Classification: Colorful Foliage
Sunlight: Fluorescent to bright, direct light
Flower Color: Does not flower indoors (white spathe)
Foliage: Green and silver
Soil Condition: Regular potting mix
Water Require: Likes to stay slightly moist
Uses: Best in hanging baskets or plant stands to cascade
Does Not Ship To: AK, AZ, CA, HI, OR, WA
Silver Satin Pothos is an incredibly low maintenance houseplant, and is also known as Devil’s Ivy because it is so difficult to kill. It is an excellent choice for first time houseplant buyers because it handles missed watering and minimal light without consequence. Pothos has a tendency to trail and cascade, making it ideal for hanging baskets or containers in plant stands so it can cascade naturally. This plant takes extremely well to pruning, and can be kept more compact and branching if it is trimmed occasionally. Silver Satin Pothos is known to remove toxins, specifically formaldehyde, benzene and xylene from the air indoors.
Light Requirement of Silver Satin Pothos:
Silver Satin Pothos performs well in fluorescent light like office buildings or atriums or anywhere away from direct light. They can handle the bright, indirect light found in a northern or partially shaded eastern windowsill. Western or southern exposure would work as long as the plant is away from the window or the window is well shaded.
Watering Silver Satin Pothos:
Silver Satin Pothos likes to stay slightly moist, not too wet or too dry. Too many yellow leaves means the plant is staying wet too often, whereas brown tips to the leaves means it has been kept too dry. They recover well from drying out occasionally. It generally takes a long time, but Pothos will wilt if not watered enough, making it clear when the plant absolutely needs water. Wilting can also be caused by the plant staying too wet; check the soil condition before watering excessively.
Fertilizing Silver Satin Pothos:
In general, Silver Satin Pothos does not require fertilizer. Fertilizer is recommended only for plants potted in the same container for a long time to provide nutrients for new growth.
Any all purpose, foliage fertilizer will work for Silver Satin Pothos. Indoor houseplant fertilizers fall into two groups: water soluble, liquid quick release, and granular, slow release fertilizers. Jack’s Classic Indoor plant food works well as a powder, quick release fertilizer that is mixed with water to quickly provide nutrients to a plant that has been in a container for an extended time. On the other hand, Biotone Starter or Osmocote Indoor/Outdoor is an option as a granular, slow release fertilizer that can be applied while potting and planting. Any type of fertilizer offers nutrients that help plants with the transition to a new environment. All of these fertilizers may be used when planting Silver Satin Pothos indoors.
Best Growing Soil for Silver Satin Pothos:
Silver Satin Pothos does best in soil that stays slightly moist. Regular potting mix works well, try to keep the soil from drying out too much that it compacts, as it can be difficult to rehydrate. Silver Satin Pothos also does well if grown exclusively in water without soil.
History and Naming of Silver Satin Pothos:
Native to the Solomon Islands, Pothos does well as a hanging basket or houseplant kept in a stand. The plant normally grows as a vine with charming, almost heart shaped leaves. While pruning to keep the plant compact, Silver Satin Pothos cuttings can be rooted and planted, which is the easiest way to propagate. The houseplant vine is actually an immature stage of the plant; the mature version in the wild has very large, lobed leaves and grows more than 20 feet long up tree trunks or other structures. Indoors, the plant will never reach that size or type of leaf. The flower only appears where the plant is hardy, and looks similar to a peace lily or chinese evergreen, with a spathe and spadix, followed by small colored berries.
Epipremnum aureum is the Latin name for Pothos. Genus name comes form the Greek epi meaning upon and premnon meaning trunk referring to the fact that it grows on tree trunks, while arureum means golden, referring to the original species with gold variegation.