3/22/16Plant-o-Pedia: Satin ‘Pothos’
Around The Jungalow, we love ‘spillers’- plants that we can stick on a shelf, or hang up high, that cascade down- they add a great layer of texture, and fill awkward spaces nicely, plus, watching them grow longer is so satisfying. The Satin ‘Pothos’, which isn’t really a Pothos at all (botanical naming can be so complicated!), has the prettiest blue-green leaves with silverly speckles and an almost shimmering surface- it’s definitely one of my favorites (I have 3 of them at home right now), not only for it’s gorgeous appearance, but it’s fairly easy-care nature. Hang one in a bathroom with filtered light, water it occasionally, and it’ll usually be totally happy.
GET THE GREEN: Satin ‘Pothos’ (Scindapsus pictus)
WATER: Water regularly, allowing top 1-2 inches of soil to dry out between waterings. Yellowing leaves may indicate overwatering, or poor drainage. If pot doesn’t have a drainage hole, place a layer of med-large pebbles at the bottom, before planting.
SUNLIGHT: Bright to medium indirect light.
PLACEMENT: Satin ‘Pothos’ do best in a humid environment, so the bathroom is a great choice. If placed in a non-humid room, provide humidity by placing near other plants, and setting on a humidity tray (a saucer filled with pebbles and water). Pay extra attention to humidity in the winter if you have heat running regularly. This plant is a great ‘spiller’ and looks good in a hanging planter or on a shelf where there’s room for it to cascade.
WORD OF CAUTION: Satin ‘Pothos’ are toxic to most animals if consumed.
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