Plants 101

Silver Satin

Learn how to care for the Silver Satin, or Scindapsus pictus!

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The Silver Satin (Scindapsus pictus) is native to Southeast Asia and has the reputation of being one of the easiest houseplants to keep alive. It is known for its heart-shaped matte leaves, splashed with spots of iridescent gray, and fast-growing trailing vines. A mature Silver Satin can grow vines between 4-10 feet long depending on conditions.

The genus name is derived from the Greek word 'skindapsos', which is said to mean “upon tree trunks” in reference to the plants growth habit.In the wild, Scindapsus grows as an epiphyte climbing along the trunks and limbs of trees attaching themselves with aerial roots. Therefore, it's a great specimen to train to climb up a coir pole, or placed on a ledge/shelf to cascade over as a trailing plant!

General Care

Thrives in medium to bright indirect light, but can tolerate low indirect light.


Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.


Any humidity level will do.


Average home temperature of 65°F-75°F. It’s best not to let it go below 60°F.

Common Problems

This is generally a very easy-going plant.

SYMPTOM: Leaves curling, wilting

CAUSE: Underwatered

SYMPTOM: Yellowing leaves, wet potting mix

CAUSE: Overwatered


This plant can be toxic if ingested. Best practice is always to keep houseplants out of reach of small children and pets.

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