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Pothos Plant – Silver Satin

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The heart-shaped leaves are embossed with large sections of silver where no two leaves area like, much like a snowflake. They are velvety to the touch and quite matte in texture. Their vines hang gracefully from a full-bodied plant and can be encouraged to grow as long as you wish. They are an easy-care, low light tolerant indoor plant that will quickly work its way into your heart.

You know… I LOVE pothos plants… all of them! But I will admit that I heavily lean towards the Satin Pothos. The leaves are thicker, feel very stable, present gorgeous color patterns, and win the award for hardiness and durability.  At this very moment, I have seven of these lovely plants, and so far, I haven’t had any issues, bugs, or mishaps. Some seem to grow quicker than others, but I don’t question it. I enjoy their individuality. Ready to dive into the care of these lovely plants? I am!

Light Requirements

The Silver Satin Pothos likes bright, indirect light year-round.  Harsh, direct sunlight will scorch the leaves, while too little light will cause the leaves to lose their variegation. What does indirect light mean? For outdoor plants, indirect sunlight is caused by such things as clouds covering the sun, or leaves from trees above the plant breaking up the full strength of the sunshine. For indoor plants, indirect sunlight is the weak sunlight that reaches a potted plant placed at least 3 feet away from a sunny window.

Water Requirements

These lovely plants perform best when they are watered regularly and when you allow the soil to dry somewhat between waterings. Don’t worry if you forget—it will occasionally tolerate a missed watering! BUT I don’t recommend doing this too often as it might stress out the plant out.

Water them once every week or two, depending on the season. I find that my plants require less watering during the Winter months since most indoor plants go dormant. Of course, this all depends on where you live. Here in Oregon, we experience four seasons. It’s also good to note that smaller potted plants will require more watering since there isn’t much soil to hold moisture.

Personally: I let my pothos plants dry out to about 75% in between waterings. When I do water them, I take them to the sink and soak them all the way through until water runs out of the base of the pot.

Additional Care

Optimum Temperature

They prefer average to warm temperatures of 65-85 degrees. Do not expose it to temperatures below 65 degrees even for a short time because cold air will damage the foliage. Avoid cold drafts and heat vents.

Fertilizer – Plant Food

Feed monthly in the Spring through Fall with general-purpose indoor plant fertilizer. How often a person needs to feed their plants seems to be all over the board, so find the right rhythm that works best for your plants. If you over-feed your plants, they will surely let you know. Here are a few things to watch for:

If you overfeed a plant and catch it in time, you might be able to save it. One approach is to remove the houseplant from its current soil and repot it in fresh soil. This technique is undoubtedly the best way to get rid of the excess nutrients affecting your plant. Alternatively, you can flush the soil, which involves drenching the soil with water and letting it drain out. Repeat this several times to help the soil get rid of excess fertilizer.

Common Bugs to Watch For

If you want to have healthy house plants, you MUST inspect them regularly. Every time I water a plant, I give it a quick look-over.  I know this takes time, but like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. Bugs/insects feeding on your plants reduces the plant sap and redirects nutrients from leaves. Some chew on the leaves, leaving holes behind them.  Also watch for wilting or yellowing, distorted, or speckled leaves. They can quickly get out of hand and spread to your other plants.

IF you see ONE bug, trust me, there are more. So, take action right away. Some are brave enough to show their “faces” by hanging out on stems in plan site. Others tend to hide out in the darnedest of places, like the crotch of a plant or in a leaf that has yet to unfurl.

Plant Characteristics to Watch For

Diagnosing what is going wrong with your plant is going to take a little detective work, but more so… patience! First of all, don’t panic and don’t throw a plant out prematurely. Take a few deep breaths and work down the list of possible issues. Below, I am going to share some typical symptoms that can arise.

When I start to spot troubling signs on a plant, I take the plant into a room with good lighting, pull out my magnifiers, and start by thoroughly inspecting the plant.

Curling Leaves

Brown Leaf Tips

Yellow or Brown Leaves

Brown spots surrounded by yellow halos

Small Stunted Leaves

Pruning Tip for a Fuller Plant

Your plant will benefit from occasional pruning, which helps it to branch out and become fuller. Spring is the best time to cut it back. If you live in a climate that is warm year-round, you can prune them as needed. Use sharp pruners to avoid tearing the stems. I love the idea of pruning (cutting back vines), but I’ll be darned if I don’t tremble when holding the scissors! The payoff is rewarding (in time), but it feels like I am cutting my own hair, which took too long to grow out. Are you feeling me?

Toxicity

Pothos are mildly toxic to pets and humans. This plant is TOXIC if ingested.  It can cause a mild irritation to the mouth if chewed or swallowed and also a mild digestive reaction. It may also cause skin irritation. Keep the plant out of reach from animals and kiddos.

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